Microsoft Kills Our VR Xbox One X Hopes, But Not AR

RIP, hopes for virtual reality. 

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If you were still clinging to the hope that you might one day see virtual reality on the Xbox One or Xbox One X, you might want to hang your hat up with that one. Microsoft recently confirmed that, at this juncture, it's not focusing on bringing virtual reality to the console at this time. That's such a bummer, especially after marketing materials that stressed, dozens of times over, that the Xbox One X was indeed "capable" of supporting VR.

In a recent interview with GamesIndustry.biz, Microsoft chief marketing officer Mike Nichols stated that the company currently has no plans "specific to Xbox One consoles' when it comes to VR products. This is a complete change-up from Phil Spencer's previous statements about eventual VR integration with the Xbox One X, and it's odd that the company has suddenly changed its stance on the matter.

What the company is working on at present, however, is mixed reality and augmented reality, with that of the upcoming HoloLens. A new HoloLens is, in fact, supposed to be coming down the pipeline at some point, and there are special mixed reality motion controllers being created to use alongside the headset to immerse players even further.

Microsoft could have cooled down on bringing VR to the console thanks to disappointing PlayStation VR sales, but whatever the reasons may be, it looks like we'll have to rely on Oculus and HTC for our graphics and performance-intensive gaming and apps. Perhaps there's always next console generation. 

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    June 25, 2018 4:49 PM

    Brittany Vincent posted a new article, Microsoft Kills Our VR Xbox One X Hopes, But Not AR

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      June 25, 2018 5:00 PM

      Disappointing Playstation VR sales?

      What?

      They’ve said repeatedly it has exceeded their own expectations.

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      June 25, 2018 5:40 PM

      "disappointing Playstation VR Sales"

      [citation needed] there, Brittany.

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        June 25, 2018 5:58 PM

        Well they have been firesale'ing them lately. I got a full bundle for like $174 with tax around Christmas.

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          June 25, 2018 5:59 PM

          was that 1st gen, or the one that does passthrough hdr?

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            June 25, 2018 6:01 PM

            I kinda want to get the HDR one. How cheap do those go for?

            Is it worth it at all? I tried a demo earlier and liked it

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              June 25, 2018 6:09 PM

              If you have PSVR, it's not worth it to upgrade. The headset itself (AFAIK) does not support HDR, the model revision just allows you to play PS4 games that support HDR without having to unhook from the PSVR and going straight to the TV.

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                June 25, 2018 6:10 PM

                I don’t have any VR headset and have an HDR TV, so that’s why the headset is tempting

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                  June 25, 2018 6:15 PM

                  Oh, we're in the same boat! I'm definitely picking one up for Déraciné, if you seem some good deals on them please post. I kinda want to try the Skyrim version but I just can't justify the price right now.

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            June 25, 2018 6:03 PM

            1st gen - fine for me because it is hooked up to a non HDR tv.

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      June 25, 2018 6:48 PM

      AR?

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        June 26, 2018 2:48 AM

        Augmented Reality... ie. glasses that project images onto the physical world.

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          June 26, 2018 4:22 AM

          Some people think VR is a dad or gimmick. I think VR is here to stay.

          AR, however, definitely seems more like a gimmick or dad to me. Or at least, the application of AR seems more narrow than VR.

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            June 26, 2018 4:27 AM

            I'm the other way around. VR is a cool gimmick for most, a hellish barf machine for some. Until they fix that, it just isn't going to take off in a big way. AR on the other hand has obvious applications, doesn't isolate the user from the outside world and has no/little barf factor.

            AR could conceivably replace your monitor(s) at work; Working 8 hours in VR sounds hellish.

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            June 26, 2018 5:43 AM

            AR is the future tech, and is actually usable in the real world. VR has it's uses but they are much narrower since it cuts you off from the outside world.

            2 areas that are going to be really impacted by AR are medical, and tourism. I expect in 10-15 years you won't be able to go in to a hospital without seeing Doctors and Nurses walking around with AR glasses/headsets. Giving up to date biometrics, and medical histories the second they look at a patient. Surgeons will have huds with relevant information during procedures, etc.

            And with tourism you are going to see people walking around with AR glasses that will translate signs, give directions, etc. Which you are already starting to see with phones.

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            June 26, 2018 6:04 AM

            I have two dads. VR and AR. They love me.

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            June 26, 2018 6:08 AM

            AR a gimmick? lol no. It is the future of computing. It will replace 2d screens once the tech gets small and cheap enough. Will be awhile though.

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            June 26, 2018 6:09 AM

            I think AR has more real-world applications while VR is much more interesting for gaming specifically.

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            June 26, 2018 6:28 AM

            AR has so much more applications in the real world than VR.

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              June 26, 2018 6:59 AM

              It depends.

              AR is really great at informing you about the world. VR is great for letting you interact with the world.

              For example

              Ar is great if you wanted to look at a volcano and get all kinds of information on it -- amount of smoke, heat, speed of lava flow, etc.

              Vr is great if you wanted to jump in or or get close to the lava without danger.

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            June 26, 2018 6:29 AM

            Most video games even VR games use AR internally to help players. Applying that to reality has far more potential especially shared space with other players because you can see others directly.

            Fighter pilots have been using AR for the longest time starting with gun sights to HUD and now even their helmets have AR lenses letting them see through floors. They're essentially applying this on the ground now.

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            June 26, 2018 6:33 AM

            Milleh is my VR dad

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            June 26, 2018 6:36 AM

            I really need to stop shacking on my iPhone jesus christ.

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            June 26, 2018 7:13 AM

            AR is narrower in the short tern (talking 1-2 decades) but after that it gets kind of crazy.

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            June 26, 2018 8:11 AM

            the apple AR stuff is definitely gimimck. in like 20 yrs with glasses rendering 1080ti level stuff it'll get nutty

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              June 26, 2018 8:29 AM

              I think it has uses, like measurement, leveling, etc. Beyond that, I haven't seen a killer app.

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              June 26, 2018 8:34 AM

              Glasses? We’ll have corneal implants in ten years

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                June 26, 2018 10:54 AM

                What good would a cornmeal implant do?

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            June 26, 2018 8:28 AM

            AR should subsume VR before too long

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            June 26, 2018 9:14 AM

            We need a Chords judgement here.

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      June 26, 2018 2:06 AM

      Welp, i cant say im that disappointed given that i really wanna get my hands on a hololens. And if not, maybe Sony will make an actual VR for ps5 that has REAL motion controllers and not those stupid Move controllers.

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      June 26, 2018 6:05 AM

      It will be on their next console. They want a wireless solution for the living room and more powerful consoles are needed imo. Not to mention there is a lot of iteration and rapid progress in this area right now. Best to let that happen on the PC atm.

      Also, their plans probably changed when Phil Spencer was promoted out from under the Windows group. Only answers to the CEO now.

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      June 26, 2018 6:17 AM

      Good. The last thing Microsoft needs right now is another hardware platform to inadequately support.