Microsoft’s official site for the upcoming console currently titled Project Scorpio was modified earlier today, removing a reference to virtual reality that had been there since E3 last year. In addition to advertising all the teraflops and CPU cores the system will have, Microsoft called its system “the first and only console to enable true 4K gaming and hi-fidelity VR.” Instead, the line calls Scorpio “the most powerful console ever, featuring 6 Teraflops of graphical processing power, true 4K gaming, and compatibility with Xbox One games and accessories.
So is Microsoft dropping support for virtual reality from the console? Apparently not.
“When Project Scorpio ships later this year it will be the most powerful console ever built with a 6 teraflop GPU to deliver true 4K gaming, high-fidelity VR experiences, and greater graphic fidelity. We have nothing additional to share at this time,” the spokesperson told Gamespot.
So what’s going on?
It’s hard to say for sure, but a quick guess points me at the wording of the original statement: “the first and only console to enable true 4K gaming and hi-fidelity VR.”
It may be that Microsoft’s legal department saw issue with that claim with the PlayStation 4 Pro offering true 4K gaming on some games and offering a VR experience that, while not as ‘high fidelity’ as some top-end gaming PCs, is still offering similar experiences.
That’s entirely conjecture, though, and moves like this are definitely confusing. If Microsoft thought it could change the text of the site without gamers noticing, maybe they have more to learn about the internet than we thought.
We still don’t know how Microsoft plans to approach VR on the system, but we expect to find out more at E3 this summer.