Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
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Xbox One won't get VR support after all

Xbox One won't get VR support after all

Virtual reality was strangely absent with the company focussing on 4K performance of the Xbox One X and other enhancements.

According to an interview with Mike Nichols, Microsoft's chief marketing officer for gaming, they don't have specific plans of bringing virtual reality or mixed reality to the Xbox.

It was decided that VR technology was to be exclusive to the high-end console to provide an experience most akin to PC, however there was no mention of virtual reality when the Xbox One X launched in November 2017.

Microsoft has officially stepped back from plans to add virtual, augmented, or mixed reality (VR, AR, or MR) support to its Xbox One console family, claiming that 'the PC is probably the best platform' for such endeavours. As an open platform, it just allows faster, more rapid iteration. But as it relates to Xbox, no.

Instead of headsets, Nichols said, Microsoft is focusing on "experiences you would play on your TV" with its Xbox.


Smart Move or Missed Opportunity?

There won't be an Xbox equivalent.

In a separate comment to GameSpot, Spencer said he hadn't gotten many requests for mixed reality console games, but didn't close the door on MR games for Xbox One X. An Oculus Rift or HTC Vive is an expensive proposition as a one-time purchase, but it's a bit easier to stomach if you know it's compatible with multiple pieces of gaming hardware that you already own. However, Xbox/Windows 10 exclusive game State of Decay 2 was May's best-selling title in the USA, which is quite impressive considering the game launched on May 22 and was also available through Xbox Games Pass on launch day.

Microsoft is done with virtual reality on the Xbox.

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