Is Microsoft exploring virtual reality options for Xbox? 
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Darryn Bonthuys
March 18, 2014 at 3:30 pm

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Don’t worry guys, this stuff is only virtually real. The Oculus Rift has the attention of the world right now, with Sony set to release their own VR kit one of these days, presumably while Nintendo tries to bury the memory of the 3D Virtual Boy. Now add Microsoft to that rumour list, as it looks like the house of Xbox is also wanting to enter the goofy headset market.

According to the Wall Street Journal (via CVG) insiders at Microsoft say that the Xbox experience is going to get a taste of virtual and augmented reality soon. Microsoft already filed one patent back in October 2013 for a “head-mounted display device”.

This will add some competition to the VR field, if the rumours around the Sony device prove to be true. The Sony VR kit is supposed to be “far superior” to the current incarnation of the Oculus Rift, although that hardware is getting a boost with the Crystal Cove devkit soon.

Games such as Battlefield have been tested with Oculus Rift tech, but I’d kill to experience a new-gen Titanfall or Forza Motorsport with the spine-adjusting headset pushing down on my spine like a quack/chiropractor.

AR and VR tech could work with the Xbox One. Although it doesn’t boast the same optimised hardware that the PlayStation 4 currently enjoys, a tag-team combo of Kinect and VR gadgetry could open up games for new experiences on that system.

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  • Mel

    Screw the fancy gimmicks, both MS and Sony, just make kick ass games please…

    • Hammersteyn

      Your wish is half granted

    • oOqUiS

      Gaming has to evolve at some point. I’m already tired of games like GTAV that’s the same stuff over and over.Just like when 3D Tv’s made a comeback, Kinect and move….It’s tech that is required to take gaming to the next level. The Rift(VR) is the last peace of the puzzle and i for one can’t wait to C what the future holds when it all comes together.

  • Kromas

    I can see Nintendo now. Nintendo WiiR. :P

    • Hammersteyn

      Rrrrrrrrrrrr

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    lol. Are they going to pretend it plays games?

    • Hammersteyn

      Get online results with VR through Bing

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Probably hardcode the results.

  • Hammersteyn

    If it’s on par with Enders Game it would redefine the industry

  • CypherGate

    They should concentrate on actually making there Xbox One perform better instead of these things.

  • Sk3tz0

    HAha.. Xbone can disappoint u in 720 VR