Microsoft showed a new demo today at a press conference in New York. As a reminder, the HoloLens is the company’s take on virtual reality, sort of. It’s an augmented reality device that lets you add virtual elements to your real world environment. Today, the company announced that development kits will be available for $3000 in the first quarter of 2016.

In addition to this piece of news, the company showcased a new product for HoloLens. Codenamed Project Xray, it’s a mixed reality game for the HoloLens. Previously, the company has shown how HoloLens can show holograms. This time, it’s all about games.

In this game, you hold a stick in your hand and your HoloLens headset projects a gun around your hand. Then robots appeared on stage, breaking the walls. You can shoot at these robots, project a shield around you and more.

Overall, it was a neat demo. But I’m more excited about the development kits. I can’t wait to see how powerful this device actually is and what third-party developers are going to do with it.

In particular, HoloLens worked untethered. There isn’t any wire, any phone in the headset or any connection to a PC. It’s a standalone device, making it much different to the Oculus Rift (which requires a PC) and the HTC Vive or Samsung headset (which require a smartphone).

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Microsoft To Ship HoloLens Development Kits For $3,000 In First Quarter Of 2016