Microsoft VR Rumors Surface
Rumors are pointing to future support for VR in an updated Xbox. First, a report by Kotaku suggested Microsoft could make an Xbox in 2017 that’s technically capable of driving the Oculus Rift. Separately, evidence is mounting that developers are prepared to talk about Xbox VR games at E3 later this month.
Microsoft already has an established relationship with Oculus, providing the Xbox One controller bundled with the Rift. Additionally, Microsoft plans to enable users to stream Xbox One games to the Rift in a virtual home theater.
Prices for Rift-capable machines are coming down rapidly, so it’s not crazy to imagine an Xbox One capable of driving high quality VR in the near future, but whether Oculus and Microsoft can iron out an agreement to make the systems work together is a whole different question.
The move would tie Oculus to a powerful distribution platform that could compete with Steam and Playstation on an even playing field, but could partially undermine Facebook’s effort to build Oculus Home into a full-fledged competitor to Steam. Meanwhile, it gives Microsoft a competitive VR headset solution to fend off PSVR, although Sony’s solution would hold a major advantage by supporting the current PS4 install base.
Oliver Kreylos at UC Davis performed an exhaustive examination of the Lighthouse tracking system and how it works.