Phil Spencer doesn’t think VR is ‘Now’

While most of us gamers might be excited at how VR headset like Sony’s virtual reality headset Project Morpheus are getting closer and closer, it seems that not everyone’s a fan when it comes to the new gaming medium

In an interview in the latest issue of EDGE magazine, Xbox boss Phil Spencer was asked about the PlayStation 4’s Project Morpheus headset and how the Xbox brand doesn’t have anything to combat it in the VR space.

 It’s more of an announcement than anybody really having any VR stuff right now – and that’s not a shot at Sony. I mean, it’s hard tech, and I think it’s great what they’re doing with Morpheus. But they’ve announced [it for] the first half of 2016, so a little over a year from now.

Spencer acknowledges that Valve, Samsung have VR projects, too, but even so, he doesn’t think the tech is a “now” thing.

 As you say, there are partners out there, and while these guys are PC-based today, if we want to do something with Xbox… Right now, it’s just been about technologies and things that I think we need to do on Xbox One to make the experience better, and that’s where our focus has been. And I don’t think VR is a now thing. I’m not saying it’s five years from now, but it’s not really a now now thing. Valve’s got their VR thing, which I think is great; Samsung has GearVR, too.

While Microsoft might not have a proper VR project announced, Spencer did point out that the company has the HoloLens project; and how there’s “nothing that precludes us (Microsoft) from doing something in that VR space.”

Do you agree with Phil Spencer? Do you think that VR will go the way of 3D gaming, or do you think it will be the next big thing?

(Thanks Edge for doing the interview)


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