VR on Xbox Project Scarlett ‘not a focus’ says Phil Spencer
Don’t expect any surprise VR announcements from Microsoft anytime soon as Phil Spencer says it’s not what customers are looking for.
One of Sony’s great successes this generation has been their support of PlayStation VR, with an excellent headset and a constant stream of interesting games from them and indie developers.
It’s been particularly impressive because there’s little sign they’re making much money from it all, which is what seems to be putting off Microsoft.
‘I have some issues with VR – it’s isolating and I think of games as a communal, kind of together experience. We’re responding to what our customers are asking for and… nobody’s asking for VR,’ Spencer told website Stevivor.
‘The vast majority of our customers know if they want a VR experience, there’s places to go get those. We see the volumes of those on PC and other places.’
‘I think we might get there [eventually],’ said Spencer. ‘But yeah, that’s not where our focus is.’
He also stated that ‘nobody’s selling millions and millions’, which is certainly true of both PC and PlayStation 4 – obviously largely due to the price of the hardware.
However, Microsoft are a much bigger, and richer, company than Sony and they seemed happy to experiment with things like the abandoned Hololens AR headset, which was an even more frivolous piece of tech.
While it’s true that there’s probably little profit in VR at the moment, the amount of experience Sony has earned with the technology could prove significant further down the line; especially as they’ve already said their headset will be compatible with the PlayStation 5.
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