It seems that Microsoft’s plans to include VR in Xbox game consoled are over.
The software giant told GamesIndustry.biz that it isn’t working on VR support for Xbox.
Microsoft takes back their VR promise
This contradicts the company’s comments that it would support the VR tech. The company will not be adding support for mixed reality either which is a hybrid tech 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 said during 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.”
That’s a huge difference from what Xbox chief Phil Spencer originally promised when he revealed the company’s Xbox One X console aka Project Scorpio back in June 2016.
“This is hardware built specifically to lead the console industry into true 4K gaming and high-fidelity VR,” he said back then and added that the hardware would enable “premiere VR experiences without sacrificing performance.”
Microsoft has nothing to share about Mixed Reality for the console
A year after that Phil Spencer Xbox chief discussed with CNET and said that the Xbox One X would still support VR even after the Wall Street Journal reported the contrary.
Microsoft confirmed part of Nichols’s new remarks in a statement.
“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,” Microsoft said.
“We have nothing to share about MR for the console at this time,” a Microsoft spokesperson said.