Microsoft withdraws VR support from Xbox One consoles

Avatar By Le Williams | 2 years ago

Microsoft has ceased initiatives to continue virtual reality support in Xbox game consoles, as revealed to GamesIndustry.biz this week. Consumers observe the plans as contradictory in relation to the company’s earlier comments and commitment to support the technology.

Additionally, Microsoft has revealed refrainment from adding support for mixed reality, a hybrid technology that allows digital objects to co-exist with physical ones.

“We don’t have any plans specific to Xbox consoles in virtual reality or mixed reality,” Microsoft Chief Marketing Officer Mike Nichols told the website at the E3 video game convention in Los Angeles last week. “Our perspective on it has been and continues to be that the PC is probably the best platform for more immersive VR and MR.”

Xbox chief Phil Spencer formerly promised when he introduced the company’s Xbox One X console, originally known as Project Scorpio, in June 2016. “This is hardware built specifically to lead the console industry into true 4K gaming and high-fidelity VR,” he said at the time, adding the hardware would enable “premiere VR experiences without sacrificing performance.”

One year later, Xbox chief Phil Spencer told CNET again that the Xbox One X would still fully support virtual reality, even after the Wall Street Journal reported the opposite.

In a statement, Microsoft confirmed part of Nichols’s new remarks.

“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,” a Microsoft spokesperson said in an email statement. “We have nothing to share about MR for the console at this time,” a Microsoft spokesperson said.