Project X-Ray A Huge Step Forward
Earlier in the week Microsoft held a press event. During the event Microsoft announced Project X-Ray for its HoloLens platform currently in development. The Microsoft HoloLens is a holographic headset that is currently in development. It’s part of what’s referred to as mixed reality. What is mixed reality exactly?
Mixed reality (MR) is the merger of the real world, and one or more virtual worlds. This is done in order to create new environments, and visualizations. Where both real world and digital objects can interact, and co-exist with each other at the same time in real-time. In short mixed reality is a combination of both virtual reality and reality. This makes Project X-Ray something truly unique in the realm of video games.
What is Project X-Ray exactly?
Project X-Ray is a game that Microsoft developed for their yet to be released HoloLens platform as an experiment. The test was undertaken by Microsoft in order to research mixed-reality entertainment. Project X-Ray uses the HoloLens controller as a laser/ray gun. The player then uses this gun to blast digital enemies that emerge from the walls.
Microsoft making moves in this direction isn’t one that I expected to be honest. On the surface Project X-Ray looks like a tremendous new step in gaming. However upon a closer look some problems become apparent.
For starters while Project X-Ray is a great concept, but the HoloLens will not be preferable to every game genre on the market. For instance while Microsoft’s HoloLens maybe great for action-shooters. The platform would most likely not be ideal for playing a game such as Madden. That’s not too say that some crafty developer couldn’t come along and change all of that. For now though I feel that the platform will not lend itself very well to most types of video games.
Taking this into consideration there’s no doubt that Project X-Ray is impressive, and something few gamers have ever seen. It’s a pretty ambitious project that Microsoft has undertaken, one that maybe ahead of its time. For now however Project X-Ray is nothing more than an impressive demo, one which may never become available for gamers everywhere to enjoy.
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