Update: Microsoft has now commented on this story, confirming what we ultimately thought might be the case, which is that the reference to a 'VR headset' for Xbox is nothing more than a localisation issue in Italy.
Here's the statement provided to former Kotaku editor Stephen Totilo:
“The copy in this error message is inaccurate due to a localization bug.
VR for console is not a focus for us at this time.”
Original story: OK, what's going on here then? The new Xbox Wireless Headset launches today across many parts of the world, and a journalist over at IGN Italy has discovered a very intriguing reference to virtual reality when using it.
Specifically, they say that once they've inserted a USB cable from the headset to the console, a message appears as part of the latest March 2021 update saying "The VR headset needs to be updated."
Here are their Google Translated comments:
"Once the USB-C / USB-A cable is inserted from the headset to the console, in fact, a message from the operating system informs that 'The VR headset needs to be updated'. This is not a simple mistake, as the reference to a virtual reality headset is also repeated in the next message and in the button to start the update: 'An update for the VR headset is available' and 'Update VR headset' ."
We've tested this for ourselves with our own Xbox Wireless Headset, and can confirm we're not receiving the message, so it seems to be limited to Italy alone. It could just be a mistake in the localisation (although IGN Italy believes it isn't), or it could actually be some kind of reference to a future VR headset. We can only hope the latter is the case!
What do you think? Give us your thoughts on this discovery down in the comments.