Rumor has it Microsoft will not present any VR hardware or content during this year’s E3 conference. A lot of people will be disappointed by this decision, though. Microsoft is working on Xbox VR content and hardware, but no major announcements will be made this year. Instead, Microsoft will focus on VR for computers for this year and the next.
Where is the Xbox VR Hardware and Content?
Unfortunately, no one knows for sure what the future holds for Xbox and virtual reality right now. Many people expected some big announcements for E3 2017. Sadly, they will all be disappointed, as Microsoft is not planning to make any announcements during the event. For now, the company prioritizes VR for desktop and laptop users, rather than console owners. That makes some sense, albeit it will leave Xbox users waiting for another six to twelve months.
It is still possible VR will arrive on the Xbox in 2018. Those plans have never been officially confirmed nor denied, though. Assuming that will be the case, a wireless VR experience seems to be the most likely outcome. That is still a big drawback when it comes to current generations of VR hardware, as the tethered experience is anything but pleasant. Microsoft is working toward wireless solutions, but it may take some time until they come to market.
For the time being, the technology giant is focused on making mixed reality a success on Windows 10. For now, a desktop system is the best way to experience virtual reality, to say the least. Consoles lend themselves to such an experience as well, as Sony showcases with their PlayStation VR. Then again, the Xbox could prove to be quite successful in this regard as well. Only time will tell if this will be the case.
With Project Scorpio just around the corner, Microsoft is continuing its aggressive push in the console sector. Splitting their focus between gaming and VR capabilities would not be a good idea right now. It is possible an announcement regarding virtual reality and Xbox will be made in the coming weeks, though. The Scorpio console will be a topic of substantial discussion over the coming months as well. These are exciting times for gamers and VR enthusiasts, that much is certain.
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