The Microsoft and Oculus Rift Partnership
The Microsoft and Oculus Rift Partnership was announced Thursday June 11 at an event in San Francisco, CA. It was after Oculus Rift had just introduced us to the new Rift headset that will be the consumer version of there existing VR developers headset. Oculus VR was bought by Facebook last year for a hefty 2 billions dollars and now, with their partnership with Microsoft, plans to incorporate the Rift headset with the Xbox One. Now, this news immediately raised a few questions for me after hearing this news. What does Microsoft intend to do about their Augmented Reality Headset, the Hololens, and will the Xbox One be able to support the VR capabilities with their existing software?
Microsoft’s Phil Spencer, head of the Microsoft Xbox group, assured us that the Hololens is still their focus but they will continue to work with VR company to make the upcoming window version as interactive and virtuous as possible. This was a big relief for me personally, mainly because I am very eager to see what the Hololens has is store for the future of Microsoft Windows interactions. As far as the Xbox One is concerned, apparently the Microsoft and Oculus Rift Partnership will be incorporated once the Xbox One is updated to the new Windows 10 platform and it looks like the use of the new Rift headset will have to be through your PC and then into the Xbox One. So i guess having Windows 10 on your Xbox won’t be enough; you’ll have to have your Xbox connected to your PC as well. I’m not sure how I feel about this, just yet.
The new Oculus Rift headset will also come with a wireless Xbox One controller and they are adding a camera to the device in order to track the users movements during game play. These are a couple of great addition to the headset that I think are much needed in order to give a more immersive experience to the user. I’m looking forward to seeing how much more this combination of technology will be able to accomplish, even outside of the video game realm.
All in all, I think this is a great step forward for the VR community. Whatever can get the VR experience to the average gamer faster, is a plus in my book. I also can’t wait to play some of these popular Xbox One titles with the interaction of VR. Also, with E3 coming up next week, I can’t wait to see what advancement have been made with Playstation’s Project Morpheus. There is so much going on in the VR community, it can only mean we are in for some great treats.