Last week FOVE, a head-mounted eye-tracking display, was linked to Microsoft as the tech’s creators were accepted into Microsoft Ventures London, which helps tech start-ups. It marked the first Japanese company to be accepted into the programme, and raised questions as to if Microsoft could be looking to utilise the technology for its own virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) to complete with the likes of the Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus.
This week new reports from Tech Radar seem to suggest that Microsoft is at the very least keen on integrating FOVE technology with its Xbox One console. The website cites a source from FOVE in saying that Microsoft has ‘explicitly expressed interest’ in pairing the two together. This would certainly suggest that head-mounted technology is being planned for the Xbox One. Apparently Microsoft has even mentioned that it is thinking about VR technology for the console.
Apparently FOVE is seeking a partnership with Microsoft, and will be finding out about the possibilities of such a deal as it takes part in Microsoft Ventures London. It the past it has been suggested that, despite working with the technology for ‘a while‘, Microsoft is currently ‘well behind‘ both Oculus VR and Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) in terms of its VR plans. Could the company be preparing to catch up with its own Xbox One VR solution?
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