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Microsoft decides against VR support for Xbox One

by Justin Herrick | June 21, 2018June 21, 2018 10:00 am PDT

You won’t be playing in any immersive, multi-dimensional environments through a headset on the Xbox One.

Microsoft told GamesIndustry.biz that it ended development of virtual reality support for its video game console. The decision is a reversal compared to the company’s viewpoint over the last two years.

When the Xbox One X was unveiled as Project Scorpio, Phil Spencer made it clear VR would be as important as 4K. In 2017, Spencer repeated the sentiment following the product’s release. But now it’s completely confirmed that VR won’t be part of Xbox anytime soon.

Here’s the statement from Microsoft’s Mike Nichols:

“We don’t have any plans specific to Xbox consoles in virtual reality or mixed reality. Our perspective has been and continues to be that the PC is probably the best platform for more immersive VR and MR.”

If you’re interested in VR gaming, the company recommends checking out what Windows has going on. The platform offers access to VR as well as MR. Oculus and HTC make VR headsets that have been well-received, and a number of Microsoft’s longtime partners sell MR headsets for unique experiences.

Sony, meanwhile, sells the PlayStation VR to use alongside the PlayStation 4. There are even mobile-based VR headsets from Google, Samsung, and Oculus. So you don’t necessarily have to spend a ton of money to get a decent VR setup.

Microsoft’s next phase for Xbox seems to be creating a more diverse portfolio. In the future, we could see multiple Xbox models with some focused entirely on game streaming.

GamesIndustry.biz CNET

Justin Herrick

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