There’s a rumor buzzing around online that an Xbox One VR headset is underway. Microsoft did confirm that hazy rumor that gaming is headed towards the games platform. The Redmond software company announced just last year that it had plans to release VR headsets capable of mixed reality, that would be coming out along with the Windows 10 Creators Update. Just this past week at GDC, the project was actually officially renamed to Windows Mixed Reality. The primary development kits will be shipped possibly later this month. Coupled with this, even an Acer headset was released at the San Francisco gaming conference, which, by the way, is now ready and available to developers in this crucial time, for just $299.
Even though these new VR headsets sound great and fun, it is not nearly as cool as the mixed reality that will be released on the Xbox platform. A speaker from Microsoft, Alex Kipman was quoted stating, “We’re also excited to share that Windows Mixed Reality experiences will light up on other devices over time, beyond desktop and Microsoft HoloLens. Our plan is to bring mixed reality content to the Xbox One family of devices, including Project Scorpio, in 2018.” If you have never heard of Project Scorpio, it’s another name for the next Xbox One model that would be capable of real 4k gaming, realistic virtual reality and HDR materials. Microsoft has a lot of way to cover in order to make lead over Sony, however they are on their way. Sony has already sold close to a million devices.
Microsoft is very fixated on the mixed reality aspect, rather than the design or layout of the VR device. It does seem that Microsoft is trying to raise the standards as far as VR headsets go. Hopefully they are able to create an even more rich and virtual experience.
What do you think about Microsoft joining the VR game? Do you think that a mixed reality VR headset will be so much more different than the Oculus Rift, or maybe even the new Acer headset that is set to go on sale soon. The Acer has two high-resolution liquid crystals, 1440 x 1400 displays, a 90 Hz refresh rate, a built-in audio out and microphone, single cable with HDMI 2.0 display, and USB 3.0 for connection purposes. Let’s see what happens this year folks, it ought to be extremely exciting. Don’t forget to like, comment, and share!