Microsoft backpedals on VR promise

Joanna Estrada
June 22, 2018

'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, ' an unnamed Microsoft spokesperson confirmed to CNET late yesterday, in the first official acknowledgement of Nichols' comments.

When the company announced its newest console, in 2016, it said the device would be capable of delivering "high-fidelity virtual reality".

According to an interview with Mike Nichols, Microsoft's chief marketing officer for gaming, they don't have specific plans of bringing virtual reality or mixed reality to the Xbox.

It was decided that VR technology was to be exclusive to the high-end console to provide an experience most akin to PC, however there was no mention of virtual reality when the Xbox One X launched in November 2017.

With the advent of the mid-generation refresh consoles-the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X-a feature that both Sony and Microsoft talked about was the machines' improved VR capabilities.

Now years later, Microsoft has slowed its pace.

Microsoft does not have any plans to bring virtual reality to its Xbox consoles. There are plenty of companies investing in it in the hardware side and the content side, or some combination therein. If there were something in the works, VR-capability would've been one of the selling points of the Xbox One X either E3 last year or this year.

Now, though, hopes that Xbox One owners may get to play around with VR, AR, or MR have been dashed.

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