At last week’s ‘Step into the Rift’ conference, San Francisco, Oculus VR revealed a partnership with Microsoft that would allow Xbox One videogames to be streamed to a virtual cinema in the forthcoming Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). However, that functionality is not limited to only Xbox One titles, with backwards-compatible Xbox 360 videogames now also confirmed.
The partnership between Microsoft and Oculus VR is decidedly limited at this point, seemingly exchanging favours for favours. An Xbox One controller will be included with every package of the Oculus Rift consumer HMD, set to launch next year, and Xbox One will be able to stream content to the device via a Windows 10 PC. Today however, Engadget has received confirmation that the recently announced Xbox 360 compatibility titles will also be included in the streaming options for the virtual reality (VR) platform.
At this moment in time it appears that the technology will be a simple image share, in that Xbox One will simply output it’s display to a Windows 10 machine and in-turn an Oculus Rift HMD. This would suggest that other types of content, such as movies and television shows, could also be displayed in the virtual cinema on Oculus Rift, however there is no confirmation of this available at present. VRFocus is currently at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Los Angeles, where VR is a major player in many company’s line-ups. The team here will endeavour to find out more about the joint functionality of the Xbox One and Oculus Rift.