Microsoft is developing a special version of Minecraft for HoloLens headset. You can play with a controller as you’d expect, and create or explore worlds using holograms you create with voice or gestures. Microsoft’s demonstration at E3 today involved a full Minecraft universe running on a table thanks to the HoloLens headset, and it was very similar to the experience the company revealed back in January and May.
If you’re wondering why Microsoft is building a new version of Minecraft just for HoloLens, then you’re probably out of the loop, since it’s almost common knowledge now that Microsoft acquired Mojang a while back, the company associated with Minecraft.
A handheld controller can be used with the special version of Minecraft, but people can also speak commands to HoloLens. For example, a person could tell HoloLens to move the game to a different surface, zoom in or follow another player. Another command allows people to change their perspective of the game and resulted in the world being lifted up to reveal what was underneath. People can also use hand gestures to change viewpoints and manipulate worlds.
Microsoft didn’t say how much the HoloLens-version of Minecraft will cost or when it will go on sale. Beyond the ability to play the game in 3D and control it with voice commands and gestures, it wasn’t clear if there are gaming features that distinguish the HoloLens version of Minecraft from its standard iterations. Additional details on Minecraft, which Microsoft owns, will be discussed in July during the Minecon conference, Microsoft said.
Microsoft has also been mum on HoloLens’ pricing information and a sales date. So far, Microsoft has emphasized that HoloLens will run Windows 10 and that it is a stand-alone device.