With the consumer version of the Oculus Rift set to launch early next year as a dedicated Windows device, support for the latest version of the operating system (OS), Windows 10, is critical. While no such compatibility is officially available as of yet, an Oculus VR spokesperson has stated that it being ‘worked on’.
Windows 10 is set to launch worldwide on 29th July 2015, and will be a free upgrade for existing owners of Windows 7 or Windows 8. As such, the expectation is that the adoption rate of Windows 10 will be significantly higher than previous OS’, and so both hardware and software based on the Windows platform will need to offer compatibility for the new OS very soon.
Arguably, as the consumer version of the Oculus Rift is still several months away from launch, Oculus VR are in a more comfortable position than most. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not a very present concern.
“Windows 10 support is coming, for sure, and is being worked on now,” stated an Oculus VR spokesperson, going by the name of CyberReality, on the official Oculus Forum. “It’s just not ready for release yet, please be patient. Thanks.”
Not only is Windows 10 support important for developers and the potential consumer audience of the Oculus Rift, but also for Microsoft itself. A partnership announced last month would allow for Xbox One content to be streamed to the head-mounted display (HMD) via Windows 10, but in order to do so the device must be compatible with the OS first and foremost.
There has been no specific date yet announced for the Windows 10 compatibility of the Oculus Rift, but with both Mac and Linux support no longer on the agenda we can expect an update on this soon. VRFocus will of course keep you updated.