Virtual reality (VR) has made a splash in the gaming world, with companies like Meta, PlayStation, Valve, HTC, and HP getting in on the action and working to create innovative headsets that truly make you feel like you’ve entered into a digital world. Even Nintendo has its own entry-level virtual reality headset, but Microsoft, a large company that makes the popular Xbox gaming consoles, has yet to get in on the fun of a virtual world.
It seems like a strange situation, as Microsoft already has its own VR platform, called Windows Mixed Reality. You’d think it would be obvious that they would add an option for VR on Xbox. However, the head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, explained on an episode of Gamertag Radio that they are more focused on what they’re already doing as opposed to starting the difficult task of supporting VR on Xbox. After all, creating a world in virtual reality is more than just making a headset: It requires a lot of work to create virtual environments and update games to match that technology.
VR is still a relatively new concept, and according to the September 2021 Steam Hardware & Software Survey, virtual reality us has only grown 0.1% with Steam users. Microsoft currently doesn’t see the value in adding virtual reality for Xbox One when it doesn’t seem like there’s a large enough market to make it worthwhile.
While there is no official virtual reality headset for Xbox One, that doesn’t mean that Xbox users are completely left out of the VR conversation. It’s possible to hook up the Oculus Quest 2 and HTC Vive without any trouble, but you won’t get the same immersive experience, as the headsets act more like a second screen rather than giving you a fully interactive experience.
With the Oculus streaming app for the Xbox One, you can expand your library of Oculus games to include some of your favorite Xbox titles. This application even offers backward compatibility to include options for virtual reality on the Xbox 360.
Even though Microsoft doesn’t have a specific VR headset for Xbox One, that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy your favorite Xbox-exclusive titles with a VR headset. And since this technology is still in its infancy, there is always the potential that as time goes on and the equipment becomes more affordable, more people will be willing to venture into virtual worlds. When that time comes around, Microsoft may be more willing to invest in virtual reality for the Xbox One and create their own headset and VR-specific titles.