Microsoft is pushing its "mixed reality" HoloLens headset into six new countries, the company said on Wednesday, as it looks to gain broader appeal for the nascent technology.
HoloLens, released in the U.S. way back in January 2015, is a headset that projects holographic images onto the real world. Users can interact with the things they see through gestures. Microsoft calls this "mixed reality" as it merges the digital and real world.
The device is based on Windows 10 and is powered by an operating system called Windows Holographic.
HoloLens is very different device from many of the virtual reality (VR) headsets that are currently on the market such as the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. These involve a user being completely immersed in a virtual world. Instead, HoloLens blends the real and virtual world in an augmented reality.
Customers in France, Germany, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand will now be able to pre-order the device which is expected to ship later this year. In the U.K. the HoloLens costs £2,719, while the U.S. price is $3,000.