While everyone and their dog is jumping on the VR bandwagon, Microsoft is just quietly going about their business, making what might be a very, powerful console indeed. And while Microsoft might not be focusing on VR right now, it doesn’t mean they’re not open for the idea, provided the time is right according to Xbox Boss, Phil Spencer:
[quote]I don’t know, just to be honest, I love the technology behind VR. I have a Vive, I have an Oculus. I’ve used the PlayStation device a lot in demos and stuff. I don’t think the creators in the game space have yet found – well, they haven’t obviously perfected the craft of building VR games. It’s so early, I think we’re a couple of years before we’ll really see that hit mainstream. [/quote]
What Spencer is basically saying, is that they’re not interested in VR, until proper games, that feel more than just tech demos, are and can be made, which might still be a couple of years.
He is not the only person who feels this way, as this has been echoed my some people in the industry before. I love VR, and I think the tech is great. But once the magic of having a headset on and being transported to a virtual world wears off a bit, you start thinking of what it really has to offer, which at this stage, doesn’t seem like much.
For now, we’ll have the pioneers in VR blaze the trail forward, and hopefully the best in VR is still to come, with Microsoft and Phil Spencer coming along for the ride.