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Microsoft HoloLens Gets Pokemon GO-Themed Debut Demo

Microsoft unveiled a taste of the power available with its new AR HoloLens 2 headset using Pokemon.
Microsoft unveiled a taste of the power available with its new AR HoloLens 2 headset using Pokemon. | Niantic Labs, the Pokemon Company

Microsoft unveiled the power available with its new AR HoloLens 2 headset using Pokemon GO.

Microsoft is officially launching its Mesh software using the HoloLens 2 headset—an augmented reality (AR) platform that allows players to take their imagination to a whole new level. In order to show off just what the technology is capable of, the company partnered with Niantic Labs, the developer behind the AR mobile game, Pokemon GO, for a Pokemon-themed visual demo that was then uploaded for fans to see.

HoloLens Showcases Pokemon AR Capabilities

A demo video was shown the attendees at the virtual Microsoft Ignite event on Tuesday, March 2. In it, John Hanke, Founder and CEO of Niantic, explored a local garden park and interacted with both Pokemon and a fellow trainer in the real world. While walking and explaining just what the technology can do, Hanke demonstrated a gesture menu that allowed him to call out Pikachu, feed it, and walk with it—a dream for Pokemon fanatics.

Unfortunately, trainers may have to wait a bit longer for that dream to come true. The application isn't ready to go live just yet.

"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." He told the digital crowd.

There was no official word on when we could see a release of the software into player hands. Hopefully, with the reveal of Microsoft Mesh and its headset, the chance to have our own Pokemon adventures won't be far behind.