Xbox Scarlett Oculus Rift support will apparently be filling the role of Microsoft’s own VR platform, according to a rumor from the Coffee & VR podcast. If true, this is definitely an attempt by Microsoft to match the Playstation VR, though only time will tell if it’s confirmed for Xbox Scarlett.
There have been rumors for the past few years that Microsoft is intending to create a VR platform to match Sony and the Playstation VR, which they had constantly claimed would be the next-generation Xbox. However, even after the Playstation VR had been released, Microsoft’s own VR system failed to materialize.
While other virtual reality headsets such as the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift came out alongside the Playstation VR, and VR games are still being developed (albeit still as fairly short arcade games), VR’s explosive rise in popularity quickly tempered due to a lack of games and the expense of the headsets.
Xbox Scarlett Oculus Rift support, however, will likely not run into that issue since the only people wanting to buy it likely already own Oculus Rift headsets themselves. This isn’t even the first time that Oculus and Microsoft have collaborated.
When it first released, Microsoft released an Xbox One gaming pad and an Xbox Wireless Adapter to Oculus users, since the Oculus Rift was originally only usable with a PC. Since Microsoft dominates the PC market with its Windows computers, that’s not surprising, especially now with the Xbox Scarlett Oculus Rift support.
While we still don’t know exactly when the Xbox Scarlett will come out, Microsoft did say that it will have a Holiday 2020 release date, so likely sometime at the end of that year, possibly around November.
So, if you’ve bene seeing more VR things lately and have been wanting to get a headset for yourself, now might be a good time to start saving up for the Scarlett and a VR headset, especially both together thanks to the Xbox Scarlett Oculus Rift support. Then again, that’s if Microsoft actually confirms this.