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

Connect Bluetooth Keyboard to Microsoft HoloLens for Easier Text Entry

The Microsoft HoloLens and Windows 10 support a holographic “on-screen” keyboard for text entry. There is also a voice to text option for text entry through this holographic keyboard as well. However, there are times when text input is just quicker and easier with the use of a keyboard. Fortunately, the Microsoft HoloLens fully supports Bluetooth, so you can easily connect a Wireless, Bluetooth Keyboard to the Microsoft HoloLens and use it for text entry. This is something that could be extremely useful for doing work on the HoloLens, but also helps make YouTube, Email and Web Browser easier to do. Continue reading