Microsoft is working on a virtual reality head-mounted display (HMD) for its game console X-Box One. The software giant is expected to show off the new accessory in E3 show in summer 2015 and to start selling it later in the same year.
The rumors started from DigiTimes and according it, the tech company is preparing hardware for head-worn device for virtual reality which will compete with Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus by Sony. This area will be a battlefield in a fierce battle for gamers, as the main producers of game consoles are now focusing on a HMD virtual reality devices.
These speculations were confirmed by VRFocus by reporting that the developers already working on the new device. According to them there is already a developers kit and the programmers are working on the software for it. There is no other information how or what kind of games will be working with the new virtual reality headset.
While some people may be surprised by the Microsoft’s move to go into the virtual reality, actually they are hints and rumors that the software giant is working on such device at least from 2012. There were two leaks of the X-Box roadmap, which suggested that “sometime” after 2014 the company from Redmond will introduce some kind of virtual reality.
While the roadmap it self didn’t provide too much details how it will be achieved, the concept art showed a glass type devices for virtual reality. Other concepts includes the combination of a new Kinect sensor with such virtual reality device. The sensor will scan the room and add augmented reality to the glasses and this allow the players to play more effectively in their own living room (with all risks included for trashing the interior).
But those leaks were only a concepts and a roadmap. Now we have more solid evidence that Microsoft is choosing virtual reality headset for an addition to its game console. And combine this with the competition from Oculus Rift and Sony’s Project Morpheus the 2015 may be very interesting year for the gamers.
Plausibility – 65%
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