While companies like Oculus and HTC are pushing virtual reality aggressively, Microsoft seems to be content building its augmented reality with the HoloLens. In fact just the other day Microsoft put up the headset for pre-order for $3,000 for the developer edition, meaning that this is more for developers interested in developing for the platform, and less for end-users.
Now we have to say that $3,000 is mighty dear but the good news is that if you don’t mind making some compromises, there is an alternative that is a third of the price. Startup company Meta has recently announced their own augmented reality headset called the Meta 2, a headset that is priced at $949 and is expected to be delivered in Q3 2016.
However like we said, there is a small catch and that catch is that the headset will require users to be tethered to a computer. This is versus the HoloLens which has its own built-in computer and can function by itself, however if this “limitation” is fine by you, then you could save yourself a fair bit of money.
Now as to whether or not the Meta 2 will be able to match the HoloLens or outperform it is a different story, but like we said, if you don’t want to spend $3,000, maybe the $949 Meta 2 might be a worthy alternative or a decent compromise, depending on how you look at it. Details about the headset can be found on its website.