Xbox head Phil Spencer has made numerous comments about his lack of interest in getting into the VR hardware space in the past, and if you were hoping he'd changed his mind, we've unfortunately got some bad news to share.
Spencer mentioned during WSJ Tech Live earlier this week that the Xbox team are "big believers" in virtual reality, but Xbox is planning to "stay as a company right now in the consumer space focused on software."
Here's a bit of what he had to say, courtesy of transcription from Video Games Chronicle:
“We’re big believers in that software platform and the devices that will enable that. Absolutely. [But] we’re focused a lot more on the software side of that right now. When I think about immersive worlds and I think about the connection of a player and community, that’s something that’s very high on our investment list."
“I think that the hardware innovation that’s happening is great and it’s an important enabler, [but] right now I’m deciding to stay more in the software side of that enablement. I believe it will scale better in the long run.
“And you know, I applaud what Sony‘s doing, I applaud what Oculus is doing, what Valve has done. I mean, there’s a lot of good players out there that have done some amazing VR work... But yeah, we’re gonna stay as a company right now in the consumer space focused on software, and I think that’s a good bet.”
Back in July, Spencer told the Kinda Funny Gamescast that he felt the best example of a virtual reality experience right now belonged to the Oculus Quest 2, and he wouldn't want to entertain a VR device which required a cable.
He also mentioned that a potential for VR in the Xbox space was to look at "how could we bring content to a screen like that", and "do we think that the games we currently have that we're able to run on our platform would work there?"
Ultimately, it sounds like Xbox is interested in dabbling with VR, but don't go expecting a headset anytime soon.
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