Microsoft’s demo of the HoloLens this year at E3 was pretty impressive. They managed to get around what I consider to be the biggest obstacle in virtual and augmented reality, finding a way for outside viewers to experience it. Watching a Minecraft world populate that table will always be my most memorable moment of E3 2015.
Now that a couple days have passed, I have started to think about how this technology will be used in gaming. These are just some of the things that came to mind:
Top-Down Action RPG’s
Games like Bastion, XCOM Enemy Unknown, and Final Fantasy Tactics would play well in a HoloLens. The thing they all have in common is that they are set up like board games. The HoloLens will bring these games to life and let you finally live out that dream of playing animated monster chess like in Star Wars a New Hope. Getting the perspectives of the battlefield under your complete influence will also make for a unique gaming experience.
Image from Game Informer.
Enhancing the Spookiness of Horror Games
Honestly, just wearing headphones makes horror games exponentially scarier. So if I had ghosts and other random things coming through my living room walls at me, or up through the floor, it would become a much more interactive experience. While this would distract from the game, and likely create cheap “jump scares” I think if it is used right and sparingly, it can add a positive element to the genre.
Image from Silent Hill Wiki
Map Building and Forge Modes in Gaming
Games that have in-game creator studios like Grand Theft Auto, Halo, or Trials, would also benefit from HoloLens. Having your entire map displayed in 3D on your kitchen table would give you very unique perspectives when designing your perfect multiplayer map or mini game.
Image from Rock Star Games
The last way I thought HoloLens could be used in gaming was through watching eSports. Getting to see the whole field in a League of Legends or Dota match, and having full control of where to zoom in would make the tournaments more interactive. I personally get bored pretty fast when watching E-Sports, but if I got to dictate and direct which perspectives I was seeing during the matches, it would be a much better experience.
Image from GameSpot
HoloLens excites me because it could impact so many areas of gaming outside of pure gameplay. I hope that the applications of it continue to grow, and that people try and give this new technology a chance. I know price is a large part of people accepting new technology, which is also important to consider. Are there any other ways that HoloLens can be used in gaming that I did not think of? Do you think HoloLens is the dumbest thing since the Kinect? Leave a comment below and let me know.