Sony and Microsoft tend to follow each other closely when it comes to their consoles and gaming initiatives. For example both the PS4 and Xbox One were launched at roughly the same time, and ultimately both also ended up being priced pretty similarly to each other as well. This is why it didn’t come as a surprise to learn that Microsoft would support VR on the Xbox One.
This is presumably taking after Sony and their PlayStation VR efforts which we guess makes sense, however according to an interview , it seems that Microsoft is done with that. This was revealed by Microsoft’s chief marketing officer for gaming Mike Nichols who said, “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.”
He adds, “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.”
We’re not sure how many of you guys were looking forward to VR support on the Xbox, but if you were it looks like that won’t be happening anytime soon.