Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Microsoft admits VR won't be coming to the Xbox after all

"Our perspective on it has been and continues to be that the PC is probably the best platform for more immersive VR and MR", said Nichols.

When Microsoft first debuted the Xbox One X - then stilled called Scorpio - Phil Spencer stood on stage and said that the new machine would soon deliver high-end VR. As well as its first-party HoloLens augmented reality headset, the company has partnered with third-parties to produce low-priced virtual reality headsets compatible with Windows Mixed Reality - and had always been suggesting that it would be adding support for the platform to its Xbox One console platform, in much the same way as rival Sony launched PlayStation VR (PSVR) for its PlayStation 4 (PS4).

Microsoft has stepped back from suggestions it will bring virtual reality games to its Xbox consoles. There are plenty of companies investing in it in the hardware side and the content side, or some combination therein.

Nichols clarified that Microsoft was rather focusing on VR development on PC, and saw mobile as a "good scenario" for mixed or augmented reality.

Of course the same could be said about the demand for the Xbox One - over the same period Sony has sold more than double the number of PS4 consoles, and also successfully shipped more than 2 million PlayStation VR headsets. But as it relates to Xbox, no.

There won't be an Xbox equivalent.

Microsoft has been pushing deeper into the VR space throughout the past year, ushering in mixed reality for Windows 10. If there were something in the works, VR-capability would've been one of the selling points of the Xbox One X either E3 last year or this year. 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. We got 4K gaming, but have been left waiting for VR support.

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