Microsoft getting into VR too!
Microsoft has made their interest in Virtual Reality (VR) tech all the way back in March this year and now they look set to join the ranks of Oculus and Samsung with their own VR device. It seems that Microsoft is already working on a VR headset for the Xbox One.
Xbox chief Phil Spencer already talked about the Xbox One VR headset in March, stating that it’s “something that they have been playing with for quite a while”. Since then, Microsoft has allegedly revealed that the Surface tablet team will be spearheading the development of the device. Since then there have been no mention on how this device would look, but back in August last year, there were reports of a patent filed by Microsoft regarding a head-mounted display with three gyroscopes and three accelerometers, so it seems Microsoft has been thinking of this idea for a while now. The addition of a VR headset to the Xbox One would be a welcome addition, given the lackluster reception afforded to the Kinect motion sensor.
More recent reports have surfaced stating that a developer kit for the VR headset has been circulated to groups of game developers for software development. Furthermore, some reports have even claimed that the device will work across both the Xbox One and PC as well. Competition for Oculus and Sony’s Project Morpheus maybe? Either way, it looks like things are going along smoothly for Microsoft if these reports are indeed true. In fact, Microsoft is even rumored to officially announce the new VR headset come E3 in June next year. Looks like it won’t be such a long wait after all.