One of the major highlights of the Xbox One X was high fidelity VR. At least that is what the marketing material said at that point but now it seems that Xbox VR support is being dropped as the company has said that VR is best on PC and not on Xbox. We have also see MR and AR headsets for Windows Mixed Reality and if you thought they would be integrated with Xbox then that is also not happening any time soon.
Chief marketing officer Mike Nichols talked about Xbox VR and the following is what he had to say in this regard:
“We don’t have any plans specific to Xbox consoles in virtual reality or mixed reality. Our perspective on it has been and continues to be that the PC is probably the best platform for more immersive VR and MR. As an open platform, it just allows faster, more rapid iteration. There are plenty of companies investing in it in the hardware side and the content side, or some combination therein. Obviously, on phones, augmented reality is a good scenario as well that’s going to grow. But as it relates to Xbox, no. Our focus is primarily on experiences you would play on your TV, and ultimately we’d like to make those experiences more broadly.”
If Xbox VR support is being dropped and keeping this statement in mind, it is possible that the upcoming Xbox generation will also not cater to VR either. This means that if you are interested in VR then you either have to go with PC or PS. This is a choice that you might have to make. There is little that we know about the upcoming Xbox, so we can’t really comment on whether or not it will have VR support, but looking at the direction that Microsoft is headed, it is highly unlikley.
If you bought the Xbox One X for VR then you must be bummed out right now. It would have been a pretty cool experience keeping in mind how powerful the hardware inside the console is. It is what it is at the end of the day.