Microsoft reneges on its VR promise

Kramer Phillips By Kramer Phillips | 2 years ago

It seems there are no current plans for Virtual Reality to come to Microsoft’s gaming consoles, reports tech crunch. Microsoft had made the promise back in 2016, but for now there is no timeline for any such implementation. At the E3 convention last week, Microsoft’s chief marketing officer for gaming Mike Nichols told gamesindustry.biz that there are no such plans in the pipeline.

“We don’t have any plans specific to Xbox consoles in virtual reality or mixed reality,” Nichols said. It was just two years ago that Xbox chief Phil Spencer told the verge that the Xbox One (then known as Xbox Scorpio) would support “[the kind of] high-end virtual reality that you see happening in the PC space.”

The Xbox One was released in August 2016, with no further news at the time of VR integration. Microsoft did, however, make strides toward VR and mixed reality technology for PC gaming with the launch of the Windows Mixed Reality headsets for Windows 10.

It seems that Microsoft may be sticking to PC gaming for the time being, according to Nichols. “PC is probably the best platform for more immersive VR and MR…. but as it relates to Xbox, no.” So at least for now, customers will have to look to the PC if they want a Microsoft VR experience.