After Valve released Half-Life: Alyx, a virtual reality game for the Windows platform, Phil Spencer, Microsoft’s Head of Xbox, finally said in a recent interview with Stevivor that the next-generation Xbox, codenamed Scarlett, is still not available. There are plans to support VR. “We wanted to bring a unified gaming experience, but VR had some sense of separation,” he says. Most customers know how to get a VR experience, such as tonic through competitions such as PCs.”
(From: Microsoft, via OnMSFT)
Spencer added: “Given that no company has managed to sell millions of virtual reality headsets, there is a point to think – although companies such as Sony, HTC and Oculus may not agree.”
If the next-generation Xbox becomes one of the major gaming platforms lacking VR support, things can get a little weird. I think Xbox may ultimately support VR, but it’s not what we’re focusing on right now.
Taken together, VR may still be waiting for the first real killer app, and even with Windows 10 already supported, Microsoft itself isn’t enthusiastic about it, let alone the Xbox console platform.