‘Pokémon GO’ jumps into the real world thanks to some HoloLens in this curious demo from Microsoft and Niantic
‘Pokémon GO‘is a game that, although it may not seem like it, is still alive and well. It is one of the greatest exponents of augmented reality games, one of the aspects in which, precisely, Microsoft is putting a lot of emphasis. Yesterday the Redmond company showed Microsoft Mesh, its augmented reality meeting platform and, incidentally, Niantic I teach a demo of what It could be ‘Pokémon GO’ if we could play with some HoloLens.
The video (which we can see below these lines) is a proof of concept, i.e. a demoIn other words, it is not a product that is designed for the final consumer, at least for now. However, from Niantic they have claimed to be collaborating with Microsoft in “new types of experiences that promote innovation in the gap of the digital and physical world.” The ‘Pokémon GO’ demo is just that, a demo, but according to Niantic “offers an early look at future evolutions both in software and hardware “.
A wild Pikachu appeared in the park
As we can see in the video, John Hanke (CEO of Niantic), who carries the HoloLens 2, walk through a park full of Pokémon. These are integrated into the scene itself, something that already happens in the original game (more or less). Some time ago, ‘Pokémon GO’ was updated to include an augmented reality system which enables integrate the creatures into the scene, so that they can be hidden behind objects if we move the camera, for example
In the demo, John opens his palm (as he would to open the HoloLens menu) and a game control panel appears, where you can choose a Pokémon. In this case, choose Pikachu, whose Pokéball rolls on the ground until it comes out. Later, he gives him a berry and eats it.
We see it from the outside, but the grace of the demo is that the user would see the image with their own eyes, as if the Pokémon were in front of it. What’s more, as explained in the video and we can see, the creature appears to be “alert” to what is going on around it. Pikachu tilts his head up to face him and even turns when the person moves (minute 1:10) to go with him and follow him.
Finally, the video ends with John meeting another person, who invites him to a Pokémon battle. Unfortunately, it is not seen. It is, as we said, a proof of conceptAlthough a most interesting test that shows what augmented reality games could be in the future. Currently HoloLens have found their niche in the industrial and professional world, so we will have to wait to see how this type of technology is implemented at the user level.
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