Unlike Sony, Microsoft will not emphasize the VR in the next console generation either!
„The best place for virtual reality innovation is the PC. I think developers should still go focus on the PC because I think that’s a great place to innovate. What we’re doing… is we’re able to take some of the PC innovation that we see… and bring it to the console space, to enable those magical experiences on Scorpio when it launches,” Phil Spencer said about the relationship of VR and the Xbox One X back in 2016. Why do we quote him from three years ago? His and Microsoft’s stance towards VR hasn’t changed much since! (Although he doesn’t like what he said back then).
„Yeah, I don’t love my quote there because I’m not trying to demean the work that people are doing in VR. I have some issues with VR — it’s isolating and I think of games as a communal, kind of together experience. We’re responding to what our customers are asking for and… nobody’s asking for VR. The vast majority of our customers know if they want a VR experience, there are places to go get those. We see the volumes of those on PC and other places. I think we might get there [eventually]. But yeah, that’s not where our focus is,” Spencer told Stevivor at X019.
With this comment, he confirmed that Microsoft won’t launch a PlayStation VR-rival (and Sony’s VR headset is going to get a new model, based on all the patents we discussed). Instead, they’ll focus on the games, and their studio acquisitions in the past 18 months will come in handy there.
The codenamed Xbox Project Scarlett will launch in about a year. Its price and release date is unknown, unlike the PlayStation 5’s, as that information popped up as a rumour.
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