Microsoft Abandons Xbox VR Plans

Microsoft Abandons Xbox VR Plans
Microsoft now has no plans for VR or AR for its Xbox consoles, the company has announced.

(CCM) — Microsoft has executed a U-turn in its virtual reality strategy and is no longer working to bring virtual reality support to its Xbox console, according to a Verge report.

In 2016 the company promised that its Xbox One console would support "high-end VR," but this was not present when the console was released in 2017. Now Mike Nichols, Microsoft's chief marketing officer for gaming, says that this will not be coming in the future either. "We don’t have any plans specific to Xbox consoles in virtual reality or mixed reality, he said in the report, adding that "our focus is primarily on experiences you would play on your TV."

Microsoft's position is in stark contrast to console rival Sony's. The Japanese company's PlayStation VR headset has achieved respectable sales since its launch in 2016, enabling users to experience virtual reality using a PS4 console.

However, Microsoft has partnered with Facebook-owned Oculus to bring Xbox controller support to the Oculus Rift virtual reality system, and it has also produced a small number of PC virtual reality headsets with Samsung and Acer.

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