This is a big week for virtual reality, with Sony’s PlayStation VR headset going on sale on Thursday. But Microsoft, which has steered clear of VR, is going down a different path with what it calls mixed reality – a term it prefers for some reason to augmented reality.
It has just announced that its HoloLens headset is coming to six new countries, including the UK. Pre-orders open today and deliveries will follow in late-November. The headset is packed with sensors and delivers to users a view of the real world overlaid with virtual objects in the form of hologram-like graphics
In the US, where it has been available since March, applications for the headset have been developed by a range of commercial partners, including Nasa, Audi and the furniture retailer Lowe.