Microsoft opens up Hololens pre-orders to Australia
Save your pennies if you want Microsoft’s holographic computer headset, which is now available to pre-order.
Microsoft’s Hololens sits in a unique position in the current VR space, given both its asking price and the mixture of AR/VR experiences that it could potentially offer. Up until now, the only way to score a Hololens developer kit was to use a US shipping agent and keep your fingers crossed Microsoft didn’t notice, because it had only officially sold the kit in the US.
Microsoft Australia has announced that it is now opening up pre-orders for the Hololens Developer and Commercial Suite editions in Australia. It’s expected that they’ll ship from late November, with an asking price of $4,369 for the Development Edition kit and $7,269 for the Commercial Suite edition, which includes additional security features as well as the Development edition kit.
Remember: these are development kits intended for those who plan to create Hololens experiences rather than end consumers. The focus is most strongly on those keen to code with Hololens rather than (at this point in time) delivering a suite of productivity and entertainment experiences, although that's clearly the end focus of the product. Hololens development kits sold at this time are also sold under the condition that you can't sell the gear to someone else. It’s expected that if Microsoft brings Hololens to a wider consumer audience that it would do so at a considerably lower price point.