It has been announced by Microsoft that the Xbox one ‘family’ of consoles will receive a Virtual Reality/Mixed Reality headset in 2018. This is the first kind of MR headset, as Microsoft appear to be shunning the VR term.
The hardware, by Acer, will begin shipping to developers this month as part of a phased rollout system. This will give developers access to the software development kit and Windows 10 Insider preview builds.
Although right now the focus is on and leading with PC, a Windows blog post confirms plans to bring the hardware to Xbox. Alex Kipman of Microsoft said; “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.”
Microsoft explained mixed reality through a YouTube video (below) last year.
Phil Spencer spoke back in January in regards to VR. “We designed Scorpio as a VR-capable console. Whether that happens this year, next year or the year after… It’s so early, I think we’re a couple of years before we’ll really see [VR] hit mainstream.”
With PlayStation VR nearing a million unit sales over the past six months, Microsoft have been able to assess how the public are not only reacting to the technology, but also if they’re adopting it. These sales may have helped Microsoft push forward on their plans so they don’t lag behind in the market.
What do you think of mixed reality? Though it’s early days, it’s certainly intriguing.