Possible Microsoft VR Headset Coming Soon
Microsoft has been absent so far in the VR scene. The competition, (Sony’s Project Morpheus and the Oculus Rift), have been touring gaming convention’s this year with demos and presentations. Microsoft has not yet revealed the hardware version of an answer to these headsets, but instead invited Japanese company “FOVE” to become a part of its Microsoft Ventures Accelerator London program. This program is originally intended solely for UK businesses, and FOVE Inc. will be the first Japanese company ever to be invited to join. So what does this mean for a potential Microsoft VR Headset?
FOVE Inc. is working on the first eye-tracking head-mounted display for Virtual Reality Gaming and their tech is a massive leap ahead of both Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus. One of the issues with the current VR headsets is that they are based off of head-tracking which makes it only possible to play slower paced games or limits your play time due to becoming disoriented. Eye-tracking, however, allows the player to quickly aim their virtual gun or sword with just a movement of an eye. Or gives them the ability to lock-on to multiple moving targets without moving your head. This is the first device that gives a legitimate answer to playing a First-person shooter with a virtual reality headset.
With an eye-tracking VR headset combined with the Kinect 2.0 brings about some exciting possibilities for the future of Virtual Reality gaming on the Xbox One. Microsoft has not announced any further details concerning release date or when they plan to officially announce a Microsoft VR headset for the Xbox One, but their hat has officially been put in the ring with this partnership. Microsoft has a lot of catching up to do in the VR market. By working with FOVE creators they have the ability to create a product that will be superior to the current competition when it finally releases. What will this mean for Xbox One sales in the future and will Microsoft be able to release a quality product in time to not fall to far behind the already announced VR headsets?
As Mark Zuckerberg stated upon purchasing Oculus VR, “Virtual reality was once the dream of science fiction. But the internet was also once a dream, and so were computer and smartphones.” The future of technology and gaming is about to change very rapidly and the science fiction dream referenced by Mark Zuckerberg is about to become a household item. With three new VR headsets to be released within the next five years I feel that we are still unaware of what the term next-gen is beginning to mean.
Microsoft surely will release further details on this partnership and their plans to bring a Microsoft VR Headset to the Xbox One in the coming months. Stay tuned to areyougaming.com for the latest news on all things VR.
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