Virtual reality is a big part of the current generation and every company is looking forward to supporting it in some kind of way whether it’s a game or an application in the future, which included Microsoft and Xbox but it doesn’t look like they have any plans to make it a reality anytime soon.
It’s weird to come from Microsoft because when they introduced Xbox One X in 2016 to everyone, they said it will support VR and afterward, they said ”Mixed Reality” will make its way to the Xbox consoles this year, none of which has happened yet.
The confusion has been present for a long time but recently, speaking to GI.biz, Chief Marketing Officer of Microsoft, Mike Nichols confirmed that they don’t have any plans to bring virtual reality to Xbox One and instead they are focusing on ”Mixed Reality” headsets for PC.
“We don’t have any plans specific to Xbox consoles in virtual reality or mixed reality,” Nichols said. “Our perspective on it has been and continues to be that the PC is probably the best platform for more immersive VR and MR. As an open platform, it just allows faster, more rapid iteration. There are plenty of companies investing in it in the hardware side and the content side, or some combination therein. Obviously on phones, augmented reality is a good scenario as well that’s going to grow. But 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.”
Mike Nichols mentioned Xbox console which is probably the Xbox One X and Xbox One S but it could also refer to the future consoles by Microsoft. It’s disappointing to see Microsoft back out of VR for Xbox while on the other side Sony is doing really good with PlayStation VR.
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