At Bethesda’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) showcase yesterday, the company confirmed that Fallout 4 would be coming to virtual reality (VR) via the HTC Vive. Today, at Microsoft’s E3 press conference, a hint that the Xbox One edition of Fallout 4 could also see compatibility with a VR head-mounted display (HMD) was delivered during the reveal of the new Xbox One console.
During a preview video of the new edition of the Xbox One console, the Xbox One Project Scorpio, Todd Howard, Executive Producer on Fallout 4 at Bethesda Softworks, dropped a hint that this new edition. Stating in the reveal video: “We’re moving Fallout 4 to VR, and to have a console that can support that at the resolution and speed that we want I think it is going to be magical.”
During yesterday’s announcement, Pete Hines, Global Vice President of PR and Marketing at Bethesda, encouraged the audience to envision the experience of Fallout 4 in VR: “Wander the wasteland, check out the iconic red rocket, try combat, I’m telling you. With a pip boy on your arm, dog by your side, gun in your hand, it’s pretty incredible.”
At last year’s Microsoft E3 press conference the company announced a partnership with HTC and Valve on the HTC Vive, and of course the Oculus Rift already supports Xbox One streaming in a ‘virtual cinema’ environment via Windows 10 streaming. It’s not yet been confirmed as to whether Fallout 4 will be VR compatible on Xbox One via HTC Vive, Oculus Rift or some other as-yet-unannounced HMD support.
Fallout 4 is due to launch compatibility for the HTC Vive in 2017, and Microsoft’s Xbox One Project Scorpio is also confirmed to be available in the autumn next year. Whether the two will align remains to be seen, but VRFocus will of course keep you updated with all the latest details on Fallout 4‘s VR edition, as well as all other VR news and updates.