Microsoft released their new ‘Microsoft Mesh’ a mixed reality platform that allows anyone to have shared virtual experiences on a variety of devices. A part of that announcement also included a demonstration of the popular game ‘Pokémon Go’ running on the HoloLens 2 Mixed Reality Headset which is powered by Snapdragon 850. Niantic, an American software development company based in San Francisco is known for the development of augmented reality games. They have partnered with Microsoft to work on this proof-of-concept version of Pokémon Go, showing off what are the upcoming possibilities and future of this game.
Now, what is mixed reality, you say? Well, Microsoft calls it the future– a combination of Virtual reality and Augmented reality.
The demo shows off how the HoloLens user can spot a Pokémon in the wild and interact with it, feed it stuff while they get ready to battle another player at the Gym Tower. There’s a menu button that HoloLens users can tap to access different parts of Pokémon Go, but Niantic said they haven’t developed a dedicated application yet and the product is not yet ready for the end-users, this demo is just to show the world what Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality together can do.
“While this demo is not intended for consumer use, it offers an early glimpse into the future evolutions in both software and hardware. We’ve only scratched the surface. We know the years ahead to be filled with important achievements which will serve as waypoints in AR’s journey to become a life-changing computing platform.” – Said John Hanke, CEO, and Founder of Niantic.
John Hanke shares some light on the future products and possibilities on Microsoft’s Virtual Ignite stage as a part of the Microsoft Mesh launch, a new mixed reality platform that is powered by Azure. That’s a collaborative platform that allows users to share their virtual experiences on a variety of devices while Microsoft is hoping it will encourage developers to build more applications based on ‘Mixed reality’