Xbox Scorpio will not have any big VR announcements E3 2017
The tech giant has revealed that both the Xbox One and Xbox Scorpio will take a backseat during the big LA expo when it comes to Virtual Reality.
Microsoft have confirmed that they are working on mixed reality experiences for Windows 10 and that will be the first platform that receives major VR attentions.
“Our primary focus is making our mixed reality experiences a success on Windows 10 PCs,” Alex Kipman, technical fellow at Microsoft, told Polygon.
“We believe that right now a Windows PC is the best platform for mixed reality as its open ecosystem and enormous installed base offer the best opportunity for developers, and Windows offers the most choices for consumers.
“Windows has been the birthplace of a variety of technologies, and we believe this will hold for mixed reality too.
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“Given the efforts we have underway on Windows for mixed reality, and our belief that console VR should be wireless, right now we are focused on developing mixed reality experiences for the PC, not on the console.”
That’s not to say Microsoft will be completely leaving out any VR news for the Xbox Scorpio during their briefing, but will likely be more of a tease than anything else.
Virtual Reality has been confirmed for the Xbox brand, including Xbox Scorpio, so this definitely isn’t a signal that Microsoft are going cold on the idea of console support.
The tech giant released a statement on the subject earlier this year, confirming that developers were getting special devkits and that the plan was for mixed-reality support to reach the Xbox brand in 2018.
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“We’re excited to share that Windows Mixed Reality experiences will light up on other devices over time, beyond desktop and Microsoft HoloLens,” the original statement reads.
“Our plan is to bring mixed reality content to the Xbox One family of devices, including Project Scorpio, in 2018.
“When we begin the phased rollout of the developer kits this month, the kits will include the Acer headset, along with documentation and access to Windows 10 Insider preview builds and the software development kit (SDK) to enable developers to build mixed reality applications.”
There’s plenty of VR news expected to be announced during E3 2017, with Fallout 4 VR likely to be shown during Bethesda’s showcase.
There will also be some focus from Sony during their PlayStation conference on whatever existing projects they hope to release later this year.