Phil Spencer has spoken! The Xbox chief, in a recent interview, gave his detailed thoughts on VR, saying that while he thinks it has a place in gaming, it will take several years to hit mainstream.
There has been no shortage of speculation regarding what Microsoft is planning for virtual reality.
We do know that the company is preparing VR headsets for Windows 10, but Project Scorpio, the upcoming gaming console that Redmond will release in 2017 is also said to come with some level of VR support for games.
And while not much is known about the unit, Phil Spencer has shed some light on what we can expect, along with his overall thoughts on the state of VR.
In an interview, the Xbox executive stated having used lots of VR headsets, like the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR. But they led him to believe that developers have not yet perfected the art of making VR games yet:
“What experiences do you put in people’s hands to have a long term engagement? Most of these things I’m playing now feel like demos and experiments, which I actually think it’s absolutely the right thing to have happened. That’s not a criticism at all, but should be happening. But I think it will take time.”
Some truth to this.
That said, Spender noted that this does not mean that Microsoft is not thinking about the potential of virtual reality — Project Scorpio is a device capable of VR, after all.
But the executive also expressed concern over the current state of VR systems that require tethered solutions and for gamers to wear headsets.
He is confident that HoloLens might be able to bridge this gap and provide an untethered solution that has the compute ability and is not wired to a head mounted display. Plus, Microsoft opted for a mixed reality system as they believe users should have one device that spans both VR and AR.
Interesting interview, which you can check at the link above.