Microsoft’s has nothing against traditional virtual reality devices like Oculus Rift or PlayStation’s Project Morpheus, but he says in a new interview that augmented reality technology like HoloLens has the potential to do more.
“The thing that HoloLens does is allow you to blend your digital world with your real world,” Tsunoda said in the. “Bringing of those two things together unlocks all kinds of different experiences.”
The various demonstrations Microsoft showed at the illustrate the power of augmented reality relative to virtual reality.
“None of that stuff is things you could do with VR,” Tsunoda explained. “It’s nothing against VR; I think VR is great tech. But it’s the ‘blending of the worlds’ part about HoloLens that makes it unique. From a gameplay perspective, it’s being able to make your real world environment an integral part of the experience. That’s really different than what you would get from a VR experience.”
Tsunoda went on to say that he sees HoloLens as having the potential to be a game-changer when it comes to teaching and collaboration. Being able to draw holograms into the world of someone wearing a HoloLens headset is a “compelling thing for being able to teach people skills, and allowing them to collaborate in ways they couldn’t do before,” he said.
You can read the full interview with Tsunoda in the May issue of Game Informer, .
Although Tsunoda and Microsoft are clearly enthusiastic about HoloLens, the company .
In terms of gaming, outside of a tech demo, Microsoft hasn’t announced any games for HoloLens. However, . For a closer look at HoloLens, check out .
Tsunoda was recently where he’ll oversee Microsoft’s UK studios, including Rare and Lionhead.