It was only a couple months ago that Microsoft had hinted its console virtual reality (VR) developments when it hoped Sony Interactive entertainment (SIE) success with the launch of the PlayStation VR. This can be seen as a taunt now that a “major developer” has been reported to hint at the release of a VR Xbox One title.
There are only a couple weeks until E3 and news is already generating at Ars Techica has reported that in light of pre-E3 planning it was confirmed by a PR representative directly that a “well-known European studio is planning “a new VR game” set in the universe of an established, long-running franchise”. It was also reported that “The game’s working title contains the word “VR,” strongly suggesting this isn’t merely a VR-compatible game that happens to have a more traditional Xbox One version.” This title will also be released on PC and PlayStation 4, but it is reportedly clear that an Xbox One version is also being developed.
Microsoft so far has been the leading name in the world of augmented reality (AR), but with the potential arrival of a VR version of its main console it could be the first major name to have a hand in both AR and VR hardware.
Around this time last year there was the announcement of Oculus and Microsoft’s partnership, but soon after it was reported that “Oculus Rift will not work natively with Xbox One”, followed by a less assertive statement that “it has been a conversation, but I [Nate Mitchell, Vice President of Product at Oculus VR] can say we’re not so close” in terms of applying the Oculus Rift to Xbox.
It will be interesting to see the developments of this report, as well as all else that will come from E3. Make sure to check back with VRFocus for the latest news and updates in the world of VR.