Last year, Microsoft dropped $2.5 billion on Mojang and their hit game Minecraft. Even now, it still boggles my mind how insanely popular that game became. It’s fun, but I could never have imagined the cultural hit it would become.

Today, we learn HoloLens was a big reason Microsoft purchased Minecraft. The New York Times published a lengthy interview with Satya Nadella.

In it, Nadella says, “Let’s have a game that, in fact, will fundamentally help us change new categories,” Nadella said. “HoloLens was very much in the works then, and we knew it.”

Microsoft showed off the possibilities with HoloLens and Minecraft back in January. Fast forward to 1:05 in the video below.

As for a release date and pricing? Microsoft hasn’t said anything yet. But, the company does plan to show off HoloLens again at E3. Maybe we will hear more information then.

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So far, Minecraft has been the only game shown on HoloLens. But, that will soon change after Microsoft announced a partnership with Unity Technologies this week.

Unity Technologies is the company behind the game engine – Unity. Some of your favorite games use the engine, including HearthStone: Heroes of Warcraft, Cities: Skylines, Pillars of Eternity, Kerbal Space Program and more.

In the announcement, Unity wrote, “We’re still very early in development but have made enough progress that Microsoft are holding Unity for HoloLens “Holographic Academy” training sessions at the Build conference using a very early Alpha of Unity’s Windows 10 HoloLens tools.”

If you didn’t see Microsoft’s newest demo of HoloLens, check it out below. It’s awesome. One thing to note: Many people who have tried HoloLens have said the field of view is a lot smaller than the videos imply. We see the HoloLens work through a specially modified camera.

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