Unless you’ve been locked in an isolation ward for the last couple of years, you will know that virtual reality is on a massive explosive path to success.

Between Oculus Rift, HTC’s Vive and Sony’s own VR headset, the market is quickly going to become saturated. Microsoft, to no surprise, also have their own virtual reality (or augmented reality, if you prefer) headset, and the developer edition of HoloLens is currently being made available.

But there is a catch.

If you are a South African developer, you are out of luck if you want to get your hands on a device. Currently, the headset is only being made available in the US and Canada at a price of $300 and a lengthy application process.

“We are looking for a wide spectrum of developers to create diverse apps and experiences. We are currently taking applications from Windows Insiders in the United States (including Puerto Rico) or Canada,” Microsoft explained.

If you happen to find yourself in the US when it arrives, don’t expect to quickly nip off to the local Microsoft store to pick one up.

“Your local retail Microsoft Store does not have inventory of the Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition. Because we are selling to developers who have applied for the device, we are selling direct to those who have been invited to purchase.”

But with that said, Wave 1 will start to roll out on 30 March, and Microsoft has already confirmed that more waves will be on its way – with each wave lasting about three months.

But whether South Africa (or the rest of the world for that matter) will be included, is anybody’s guess. But as soon as we get world as to when the southern tip of Africa will be augmenting its own reality, we’ll let you know.

Charlie started his professional life as a motoring journalist for a community newspaper in Mpumalanga, Charlie explored different journalistic angles since his entry into the fast-paced world of publishing in 2006. While fostering a passion for the arts, Charlie developed a love for technology – both which allowed him to serve as Entertainment and Technology Editor for an online publication. Charlie has since been heavily involved in consumer technology for various websites and publications. He thoroughly enjoys World War II films and cerebral documentaries; aviation; photography and indie music. Oh yes, and he also has a rather strange obsession with collecting coffee mugs from his travels.