A new report from GameSpot sister website CNET goes into depth about Microsoft’s plans for an Xbox virtual reality headset that finally by no means received off the bottom. “Early briefs” on the headset prompt the headset was to be a historically designed competitor to Sony’s PlayStation VR as an alternative of one thing new and utterly groundbreaking. The display high quality was thought-about “good,” in line with the report, however not on the identical degree as Oculus Rift or HTC Vive.
Microsoft’s plans for an Xbox VR headset at the moment are reportedly on maintain. Why did Microsoft pause it is VR plans? Sources inside Microsoft informed CNET that the corporate is ready till it will possibly launch a trailblazing piece of know-how that’s “sleeker” and probably wi-fi.
Indeed, one of many points some individuals have with VR headsets of their present type is that they’re too huge and hulking, and clunky with the necessity for wires. A smaller, wi-fi headset would certainly be a big step ahead. There can also be the matter of processing energy, as some have stated the PS4 and Xbox One are too limited for true VR.
According to CNET’s story, Microsoft knowledgeable companions earlier this yr that it was placing its VR plans on ice. Perhaps extra intriguingly, Microsoft additionally reportedly reached out to unspecified companions “over the past couple years” to make VR games, although no different particulars are recognized about this.
It’s been rumoured for a very long time that Microsoft was engaged on a VR headset, as a supposed design document from 2012 showed an Xbox VR headset of some kind.
While Microsoft hasn’t itself made a VR headset for Xbox or as a common gadget, the corporate has partnered with VR big Oculus to include Xbox controllers with the device. Microsoft is, nevertheless, shifting ahead with augmented reality know-how with its HoloLens headset. Microsoft confirmed a Halo HoloLens demo at E3 2015–and it was pretty magical.
The full CNET story is stacked with extra fascinating insight–go read it here.
When Microsoft first began speaking about Project Scorpio, the console we now know because the Xbox One, the company said it was VR-ready. However, in 2017 Microsoft stated its VR plans are more focused on PC than Xbox, so the information from CNET’s story is not any huge shock.
At E3 2018, Microsoft introduced that it’s working on new Xbox consoles to follow the Xbox One, and it is thrilling to consider how highly effective the methods may be and if they’ll help VR/AR in any capability.