Microsoft and Unity announce HoloLens 2 Development Edition
Unity Tech Blog –
Releasing later this year alongside the launch of HoloLens 2, the all-new HoloLens 2 Development Edition offers even more value to jump-start your mixed reality development plans by combining the HoloLens 2 mixed reality device with $500 in free Azure credits, and 3-month free trials of both Unity Pro and the PiXYZ Plugin.
“By bringing together HoloLens 2, Azure MR services, and the Unity platform, we are making it easier than ever for developers to get started building the real-time 3D experiences that are driving this 3rd wave of computing.”
– Matt Fleckenstein, Senior Director, Mixed Reality, Microsoft
Enabling more value for end-to-end workflows
Since the release of first-generation HoloLens back in 2016, developers have been experimenting with a variety of mixed reality use cases, but it’s the solution-focused apps for industries like architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC), automotive and transportation that have resonated. Examples of mixed reality solutions include those from companies like Bentley Systems and Trimble, even Microsoft’s own Dynamics 365 apps. All are all made with Unity and brought to life with HoloLens 2.
That’s why we partnered with Microsoft to offer a 3-month trial of Unity Pro and PiXYZ Plugin as part of the HoloLens 2 Development Edition. Unity Pro’s enhanced benefits, paired with PiXYZ Plugin, enables the use of Computer Aided Drawing (CAD) and Building Information Management (BIM) design data to create mixed-reality applications for businesses that accelerate workflows and reduce costs.
“Pairing HoloLens 2 with Unity’s real-time 3D platform enables industrial businesses to create immersive, interactive experiences that accelerate business and reduce costs. The addition of Unity Pro and the PiXYZ Plugin makes it easy to import 3D design data in minutes rather than hours.”
– Tim McDonough, GM of Industrial, Unity
If you’d like to learn more about Unity’s mixed reality solutions for industry, interesting use cases, and PiXYZ Plugin workflows, check out the resources below.
Stay in the know
The HoloLens 2 Development Edition will release later this year starting as low as $99 per month (or $3500 outright) to registered members of Microsoft’s Mixed Reality Developer Program. Registration for the Mixed Reality Developer Program is free, and in doing so, you’ll be one of the first to know about the latest news and availability.
We’re excited to partner with Microsoft on the release of the HoloLens 2 Development Edition later this year as we continue our collaboration on seamlessly integrating HoloLens 2 into Unity’s platform.
Q: What’s included in the HoloLens 2 Development Edition?
A: The HoloLens 2 Development Edition includes a HoloLens 2 mixed reality device, $500 Azure credits, Unity Pro 3-month trial, and PiXYZ Plugin 3-month trial.
Q: When will the HoloLens 2 Development Edition release?
A: No release date has been announced, but it will be available alongside other HoloLens 2 editions releasing later this year.
Q: Can I pre-order the HoloLens 2 Development Edition?
A: No. The HoloLens 2 Development Edition is not available for pre-order, but you can register for the Mixed Reality Developer Program to be notified of future availability.
Q: How do I qualify to purchase a HoloLens 2 Development Edition?
A: You must join Microsoft’s Mixed Reality Developer Program to be eligible to purchase a HoloLens 2 Development Edition.
Q: What if I’ve already pre-ordered another HoloLens 2 edition, but want to change to the HoloLens 2 Development Edition?
A: Later this year, Microsoft will contact those who pre-ordered a HoloLens 2, asking which edition they’d like to purchase. At that time, customers can express interest in the HoloLens 2 Development Edition.
Q: Where will I be able to purchase the HoloLens 2 Development Edition?
A: The HoloLens 2 Development Edition will be sold and fulfilled exclusively by Microsoft later this year.
Q: Where can I learn more Unity and PiXYZ solutions for industry?
A: Visit the Unity Industry Bundle for AEC or Unity Industry Bundle for automotive & transportation to learn more.
Q: Where can I learn more about HoloLens 2 development with Unity?
A: Visit the HoloLens 2 is coming: What you need to know blog to learn about experimenting with HoloLens 2 development. We’ll have more details to share later this year.