Sunday February 05, 2017

Microsoft's HoloLens Could Augment Existing Popular Xbox and PC Games

While HoloLens itself may not take off, I think the concept of augmented reality has plenty of potential, particularly after seeing demonstrations such as these. Even if you don’t know a thing about Final Fantasy XIV, you can probably imagine that summoning up maps, inventory screens, and other panels around your primary gaming display would be super useful.

Twitter user @Tanfuku showed a concept for how HoloLens could expand the capabilities of existing games by displaying UI elements outside of the game world. It's something we've theorized as a possibility in the past, but this video gives us a better idea of how it could look in practice. Tanfuku's video shows how HoloLens could be used by the popular MMO Final Fantasy XIV to display stats, maps, inventory menus, and other panels that are entirely necessarily for gameplay, but heavily clutter up the interface. Systems like the Nintendo 3DS and Wii-U also make use of extra displays to show menus, maps, and other UI elements to prevent them from interfering with the main game itself.