Xbox Boss on Living Room VR: “We’re Believers in Mixed Reality”

Phil Spencer finds the potential of mixed reality on PC more enticing.

Posted By | On 12th, Jun. 2017 Under News


For all of its talk about 4K gaming with the Xbox One X, backwards compatibility for Xbox 360 and Xbox One games and crossplay through Xbox Live, Microsoft didn’t talk a whole lot about VR games at E3 2017. It’s surprising since early rumours pegged the Xbox One X as supporting some form of VR.

Speaking to BBC, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said it wasn’t an oversight that they skipped VR. “This show right here, it’s about consoles, it’s about great games. That’s what’s important to us. But we are believers in mixed reality. Mixed reality on the PC is something that we’re focused on.”

But what about Sony’s success with PlayStation VR? Spencer said that, “My TV’s across the room, I’ve got cables hanging out. When I [play VR] on my PC I’m closer to my PC and that seems to be a much more user friendly scenario today.” This indicates that the PC rather than the living room is more suited for VR.

Spencer continued. “But I will say we’re all learning. The work that Sony’s doing I think is great. The work that Oculus and HTC is doing…it’s all about learning what mixed reality can be. I think we’re early days in this space and we’re just seeing real developer traction on the Windows side and we want to make sure we’re there as a platform to nurture it.”

What are your thoughts on the same? Is there some merit to VR on the Xbox One X in the future? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.


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