It looks like Microsoft has plans after HoloLens: the company's next foray into virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality has dropped, and it comes in the form of a video game -- one that sounds like it's happening in your very own living room.

Presented by Terry Myerson at Windows Live 10, Project X-Ray, the augmented reality game lets HoloLens users go against a robot invasion. Players "weaponize" holograms that you can hold in your hand -- known as a "holographic gauntlet," which moves with the user. (You could even go as far as to say that Project X-Ray renders the gauntlet "holographic wearable tech.")

Inasmuch to this, the holographic equiptment leaves the user to freely move as he or she shoots, unencumbered by gear (minus the handheld XBox remote controller one has to hold for play). This is fortunate, because the robots in the game are smarter than most  -- sensory-wise, that is, due to the fact that the game also gives the attacking holograms insight as to where the player is located, what the parameters of the room are for accurate gameplay, and, to the "detriment" of the player, help them plan attacks against him or her. 

Even though the game is marketed as a "mixed reality" game, it's more of an augmented reality game, from the looks of it -- even though the Microsoft HoloLens is marketed as a mixed reality piece of hardware. Regardless, the game -- priced at $3,000 for the developer's kit -- looks like it's set to be a game-changer. Project X-Ray will be available for Q1 2016.

ⓒ 2021 All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.