Microsoft No Longer Planning VR Support For The Xbox

Doris Richards
June 24, 2018

So is Microsoft fully done with VR or MR on Xbox, despite selling the powerful Xbox One X as a device that could run "high-fidelity VR"? After the show wound down, Microsoft's chief marketing officer for gaming gave an interview to gamesindustry.biz that happened to veer onto the subject of virtual reality and the Xbox.

Microsoft's development of augmented reality and "mixed reality" technology over the last few years had us hopeful that the Xbox One would eventually be home to VR games even more impressive than what Sony offers with PlayStation VR.

'Because of the opportunity with Windows Mixed Reality, and because we believe the user experience will be best on PC right now, that is where our focus is, ' an unnamed Microsoft spokesperson confirmed to CNET late yesterday, in the first official acknowledgement of Nichols' comments. At least in some markets.

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And in another statement to the same publication, Microsoft reiterated that it does not have anything exciting to share about MR gaming on Xbox. Microsoft itself is working with partners on so-called mixed reality headsets, which are basically just VR headsets for PCs.


But, now, it says it does not have any specific plans to bring VR to the Xbox.

We're not sure how many of you guys were looking forward to VR support on the Xbox, but if you were it looks like that won't be happening anytime soon.

Sony had announced the Playstation VR headset and controllers for the Playstation 4.

Xbox players might need to wait a long time before they can get virtual reality support on their gaming consoles. Microsoft could theoretically have leveraged the common OS between Windows 10 and the Xbox One X to allow a wider variety of third-party headsets to be used in Xbox games, though presumably there'd have to be some validation to ensure that games were compatible with each.

More specifically, Spencer points out that corded VR experiences are an issue in a living room environment, where families tend to put their game consoles.

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