HoloLens Gaming: Minecraft Windows 10 Edition Beta

Minecraft on the HoloLens was one of the very first demos Microsoft gave in 2015 to show off how cool holographic gaming could be. Unfortunately, Microsoft has yet to announce any dates as to when they plan on releasing this super cool holographic Minecraft that turns your home into a pixelated playground of wonder. Even if you can’t play the holographic Minecraft yet, there remains a question. Can you play Minecraft on the Microsoft HoloLens?

The answer is a definite YES! Although there are some catches. Currently, the full version of Minecraft is not supported on the Microsoft HoloLens. It’s also not possible to use Remote Desktop on the HoloLens to play Minecraft either. So, how can Minecraft be played on the Microsoft HoloLens?

The answer from Microsoft for playing Minecraft on the HoloLens is through downloading the Minecraft for Windows 10 Edition Beta from the Windows Store. This is the same Minecraft for Windows 10 that’s available to the desktop / laptop version of Windows 10. Since this is a UWP (Universal Windows Platform) application, it also supports the Microsoft HoloLens.

Below is a short video to show it in action. In the video, a keyboard and mouse are used for game input. This is likely the best method to play since the on-screen touch controls would be really difficult to use with a single gaze cursor and clicker.

Happy crafting on the HoloLens!

HoloLens Remote Desktop Preview UWP App

Remote Desktop has been a feature in Windows for a really long time. It allows for you to remote into and use a Windows computer from another Windows computer remotely as if you were sitting down at that computer directly. This is a feature used by many Developers and IT Pros for various reasons such as installing updates, troubleshooting support issues, or just using a Virtual Machine (VM) that is hosted on a server or even in Microsoft Azure. The Remote Desktop Preview app in the Windows Store bring Remote Desktop capabilities to the Microsoft HoloLens as well as any other Windows 10 device. Continue reading

Social Sharing with HoloLens Photos App and OneDrive Sync / Backup

Here’s a short preview video I recorded using the Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition to show off the built-in Windows 10 Photos App. This app provides some simple Social Media Sharing (currently Facebook and YouTube) as well as the ability to Sync your Images and Videos to Microsoft OneDrive. This is a short video that just goes over some of the basic features. All images and videos listed within the app shown in the video were taken / recorded on the HoloLens itself. This is the method I’ve been using to upload my HoloLens FPV (first person view) videos to YouTube. Continue reading

Web Browsing and YouTube on Microsoft HoloLens with Edge Browser

There are a number of applications that come with the “Holographic” version of Windows 10 that runs on the Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition. Here’s a short video where I show a little on the user experience of browsing the web using the built-in Microsoft Edge web browser, as well as using Edge to watch YouTube videos on the HoloLens. Continue reading

How to Watch Netflix on Microsoft HoloLens

One of the many questions I’ve had about the Microsoft HoloLens has been about the ability to watch media content. Just like many other people, I do subscribe to Netflix and it’s my most used media streaming service. The Microsoft HoloLens is a pretty cool Augmented Reality (AR) device, and it enables some really cool game types that weren’t previously possible. However, what it you just want to sit back and watch a movie or TV show? How does the HoloLens fare for viewing traditional 2-Dimensional content? Continue reading