'Xbox One Virtual Reality' filter pops up on E3 website

Microsoft doesn't seem willing to let Sony plant its flag in console-VR soil without a fight.

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Following rumors of a slimmer Xbox One due out this year and a revamped Xbox One—codenamed Scorpio—slated for 2017, an "Xbox One Virtual Reality" filter has popped up on E3's official website.

Word of the new category comes from NeoGaf users, who also found that several companies have already registered under the filter: Rebellion (Sniper Elite), Maximum Games (Farming Simulator), 3DRudder, and Readily Information Company are among who have thrown their names into the "Xbox One Virtual Reality" hat.

If you don't recognize 3DRudder by name, you soon will. The company manufactures and sells the eponymous 3DRudder, a disc-like controller for your feet instead of your hands. It's meant to be used in conjunction with VR games. The idea is that the 3DRudder gives you a way of "moving" around in virtual reality while you're sitting in a chair: you interact with game worlds using your controller and VR headset, and sway your feet, balanced on the 3DRudder, to imitate walking.

Meanwhile, Readily Information Company concentrates on business-end software for games, namely programs meant to assist with modeling.

We'll get more information on what Readily, 3DRudder, and other companies have in store for VR apps on Xbox One at E3, just a few short weeks away.

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    May 31, 2016 1:45 PM

    David Craddock posted a new article, 'Xbox One Virtual Reality' filter pops up on E3 website

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      May 31, 2016 2:13 PM

      would not be suprised for one second if it turns out that the rift is the official xbox vr headset

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        May 31, 2016 2:27 PM

        Same. In fact, I'd be surprised if it wasn't.

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        May 31, 2016 3:16 PM

        I would be very very surprised if it was anything else. An actual surprise would be if they announced it would work with either Vive or Oculus.

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        May 31, 2016 4:55 PM

        Haven't they said that the new more powerful xbone will support the rift? Maybe it was just a rumor, but I thought I read that here.

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          May 31, 2016 4:58 PM

          MS hasn't said squat yet, the rift support is speculation on a supposed leak

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        May 31, 2016 5:54 PM

        If the bundling the Xbone controller was part of the deal, it could turn out to be a very smart deal for Oculus.

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      May 31, 2016 3:46 PM

      i was hoping for a Reality Filter

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      May 31, 2016 5:05 PM

      It makes sense. Let Sony spend all that money on R&D on their own headset while you just partner up with Oculus.

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