Another step. It was November 2020 that Microsoft released HoloLens 2 Development Edition in the United States, and now the company has announced financing plans for the device.
In a bid to make the device more accessible.
The mixed reality headset does a lot of things new — it makes use of a new ARM processor, there are new sensors, and an increased field of view. The Snapdragon 850 Compute Platform powers this updated mixed reality device, and that opens up new possibilities compared to its predecessors.
And this being the Development Edition of the headset, Microsoft has bundled Azure credits and trials for Unity Pro and Pixyz Plugin.
It’s fine for what it is, but the upfront cost of $3,500 is enough to make most eyes water.
Thankfully, the company has made available financing plans to make things easier. These are only available in the United States, and consist of four options at 0% interest:
- 18 monthly payments at $194.44/month + tax
- 24 monthly payments at $145.83/month + tax
- 30 monthly payments at $116.67/month + tax
- 36 monthly payments at $97.22/month + tax
As is usual with the Development Edition, customers also get $500 of Azure credits, a three-month Unity Pro subscription worth $450, and a three-month subscription to Pixyz Plugin valued at $300. This essentially means they get a value of $4,750 when they purchase the HoloLens 2 Development Edition.
All this is Redmond trying to entice developers to its platform.
The company recently introduced Microsoft Mesh, and clearly the future of this new introduction relies heavily on developer support. In that sense, these financing plans combined with Azure cloud services and software trials will enable developers to create immersive experiences.
You can purchase this shiny mixed reality device from Microsoft below.