Microsoft has made no secret about the fact that it is working with virtual reality (VR) technology. But while Oculus VR continues to push ahead with its Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) and Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) works on the Project Morpheus HMD, the company remains silent on an official reveal of any such technology. The world might not have seen Microsoft VR technology yet, but it appears that Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick has.
Zelnick confirmed that he had seen a demonstration of what sounds like Microsoft’s VR technology in an interview with Bloomberg. “The demo that I had was at Microsoft’s headquarters in a room given over to this [technology],” Zelnick explained, “and you had an immersive headset on, and there are characters that appear to be real, and you’e interacting with the characters and they’re not real, and it’s pretty extraordinary.” It’s important to note that Zelnick never actually confirms this is Microsoft’s VR HMD and not RoomAlive, the innovative technology that turns entire rooms into videogame environments. That said, while the subject is on ‘enhanced reality’, RoomAlive doesn’t use a HMD as Zelnick mentions.
This week sees the release of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of Grand Theft Auto V from Take-Two owned Rockstar Games. Remastered from the original version that launched last year, the new edition of the title includes a first-person perspective that has caused many in the virtual reality (VR) community to daydream about VR support. That may well become a reality, albeit unofficially, when the title comes to PC in 2015. That said, Zelnick stated in the same interview that he didn’t think videogames were ready for VR technology just yet.
It sounds like it will still be a long time before Grand Theft Auto VR becomes a reality, then, but perhaps there’s hope for seeing Microsoft’s technology in the near future. VRFocus will continue to follow all VR-related news, reporting back with any further updates.