When the Oculus Rift comes out in Q1 of next year, the consumer version will come bundled with an Xbox One controller and the ability to stream games from the console to the virtual reality headset itself. Even more interesting, is just how simple it is to make this work.
In a recent Eurogamer interview with Palmer Luckey, the Oculus creator goes over some of the finer points on how gamers can use the tech:
How does streaming an Xbox One game to Rift work?
"You can do it with any Xbox [One] game," Luckey says. "It works over your network, so you don't have to plug it in. You just plug your Rift into your PC as you normally would, and you're able to stream your games from your Xbox over your network to a virtual screen."
He also explains a bit more on how games will look "inside" the Oculus Rift:
"Right now all the Xbox streaming does is take Xbox games and then stream them into a virtual cinema. You can be sitting in a movie theatre and you can imagine being with your friends who are all able to watch you play; or have two people playing an Xbox game seeing their own view, kind of like split-screen except you don't have to see the other person's screen. That's really the point," he adds, "to stream it into a really high-quality cinema environment, not to play Xbox games in a special VR mode."
So there you have it. It sounds quite simple, right? Although, talking about functionality is one thing. Actually getting it to work is another. Luckey also mentions that Oculus and Microsoft have been working closely together to make sure the Rift was as easy to plug in and play as possible.
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