In a new interview, Head of Xbox boss Phil Spencer makes it clear that he's excited about the future for virtual reality technology for gaming, but stopped short of confirming any Microsoft-produced headsets or other wearable devices.
"Virtual reality is a really interesting area, especially for games, and while it seems like it's been 'just over the horizon' for the last 20 years or so, I think we could finally start seeing it prove out soon for both gamers and developers," Spencer told Fortune.
Virtual reality is indeed gathering mainstream appeal. Last month, social networking giant Facebook bought Oculus VR--maker of the Oculus Rift headset--in a deal worth an estimated $2 billion. PlayStation maker Sony also recently announced its own virtual reality headset, Project Morpheus.
During the Game Developers Conference in March, Spencer revealed that Microsoft has been experimenting with virtual reality for some time now. He reiterated that point in the new interview, saying that Microsoft's research team "has been playing with virtual reality for quite a while."
"While we don't have anything to officially announce, it's clearly an area people are excited about. The potential is definitely there," Spencer said.
Also in the interview with Fortune, Spencer says console exclusives are as important as ever for Microsoft and the Xbox brand going forward.
"Exclusive games will continue to play a major role for Xbox in the new console generation, just as they have in previous generations," Spencer said. "I'm a true believer in our exclusive platform features like Kinect, SmartGlass, and the cloud, but games have always been the bedrock of our consoles at Xbox."