One of the biggest virtual reality (VR) stories of the year so far broke last month when Microsoft revealed that its Windows 10 operating system (OS) would allow people to stream videogames from its Xbox One console into Oculus VR’s Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). The concept allows players to stream into a virtual cinema of sorts, letting them to view 2D titles within a 3D environment. As for native support for the Oculus Rift, neither Microsoft nor Oculus VR has confirmed such integration, but a VR developer may have suggested that it is in the works.
That is according to Hardcore Gamer, who recently reached out to VRWERX, the developer of upcoming VR horror title, Paranormal Activity VR. As confirmed last month, the videogame is coming to PC and PlayStation 4 with support for the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Project Morpheus, but an Xbox One version is also in the works. Does this mean that the Oculus Rift might natively support some console titles? VRWERX replies seemed to suggest this might be the case.
“Regular VR version is playable on Xbox One,” the developer told the site. “Non-VR version is traditional game play. Same game just no VR input. Does that make sense? I cannot respond to Oculus and Microsoft relationship outside of the fact that Xbox One supports Oculus.”
Of course, it’s more than likely that the developer is still referring to the virtual cinema option and not a true VR edition, especially considering that non-VR versions of the videogame exist.
When asked for clarification, the team replied: “Xbox announced that the Xbox One will support the Oculus Rift. But only the retail version not the [Development Kit 2] or current versions. So to answer your question. If you purchase a retail version of the Oculus when it is shipped in 2016, you can use it on the Xbox One and play our VR version of Paranormal Activity on the Xbox One.”
It’s certainly not a straight forward set of answers but, if this support really was coming within the next year, why wasn’t it announced at the same time as the other Xbox partnerships? VRFocus will continue to follow Xbox One’s VR support closely, reporting back with any further updates on it.