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No Plans to Support VR on Xbox Consoles

22 June, 2018, 04:23 | Author: Rafael Roberts
  • Looks like VR will never come to the Xbox One X, and Microsoft explains why

Fast-forward to 2018 and a Microsoft spokesperson now said: "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". Xbox leaders even suggested as much when describing the potential of the Xbox One X back when it was still Project Scorpio. 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). Once again, Spencer tried to downplay enthusiasm for the technology during Microsoft's E3 conference, stating that the market was still "years away".

Backtracking on what it said a year ago, Microsoft has announced that it has no plans to bring either virtual reality or mixed reality experiences to its Xbox console.


Microsoft has put plans for VR support for Xbox devices on hold, according to an interview with Xbox's chief marketing officer. There are plenty of companies investing in it in the hardware side and the content side, or some combination therein. This led to speculation that the Xbox One X would support the Oculus Rift.

As it turns out, Microsoft has nixed any virtual reality plans for Xbox One. Microsoft thinks PC is "probably the best platform" for VR and MR, despite talking about wireless VR for consoles earlier. "As it relates to Xbox, no. Our focus is primarily on experiences you would play on your TV, and ultimately we'd like to make those experiences more broadly".

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