Xbox One won't get VR support after all

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If you were still waiting patiently for the virtual reality features that Microsoft promised in 2016, then I have some bad news for you. According to Microsoft's Chief Marketing of Gaming Mike Nichols, the company has no plans for virtual reality or even mixed reality on the Xbox One family of consoles, preferring to focus on experiences centred around the TV instead and stating that Microsoft believes that the PC is the best platform for VR. When Microsoft launched the Xbox One X, there was a great deal of talk specifically about its suitability for virtual reality.

"We don't have any plans specific to Xbox consoles in virtual reality or mixed reality", Nichols said in conversation with GamesIndustry.biz.

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KitGuru Says: This mostly leaves Sony's PlayStation VR efforts uncontested in the virtual reality market, but it spells good news for the many disgruntled Xbox users that feel they haven't gotten their money's worth. If there were something in the works, VR-capability would've been one of the selling points of the Xbox One X either E3 last year or this year.

While Microsoft continues its investment on Windows Mixed Reality, the company recently confirmed in an interview that it is not bringing VR or MR to the Xbox. 'We have nothing to share about MR for console at this time. As well as its first-party HoloLens augmented reality headset, the company has partnered with third-parties to produce low-priced virtual reality headsets compatible with Windows Mixed Reality - and had always been suggesting that it would be adding support for the platform to its Xbox One console platform, in much the same way as rival Sony launched PlayStation VR (PSVR) for its PlayStation 4 (PS4). As an open platform, it just allows faster, more rapid iteration.

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