Companies like Valve and Sony continue to believe in virtual reality (VR), but Microsoft has already lost interest
What is known
Stevivor journalist talked to the bossXbox division Phil Spencer, asking about the company's plans for VR. Sony and Nintendo have already taken the first steps towards virtual reality, but Microsoft is standing on the sidelines. According to Spencer, the fact is that Xbox fans are not interested in VR, and neither is the company itself.
“We respond to our customers’ demand, and... no onedoesn't ask for VR. The vast majority of our customers know if they want a virtual reality experience, there are places to get it,” Spencer said.
The head of Xbox also noted that he himself was not delightedfrom virtual reality, since such games isolate the user from the outside world. Spencer, on the other hand, enjoys projects with shared experiences. In addition, Microsoft does not see any financial prospects in VR, since “no one sells millions and millions” of virtual reality headsets. That's why the company focuses on other things.
“I think we’ll get there [eventually]. But yeah, that’s not what we’re focused on right now,” Spencer added.
The exact opposite of the PlayStation 5
Judging by Spencer's words, Xbox Scarlet is unlikelywill receive his own virtual reality helmet. In addition, Microsoft is more interested in cloud technologies. At the same time, Sony will continue to develop VR technologies.
According to Eurogamer, the company sold 4.2 million PlayStation VR as of March 2019. The interest of gamers was enough for Sony to continue to develop the technology and register a number of patents.
For example, in July, journalists came across glasseswith eye tracking technology, which are designed for VR headsets. Together with them, Sony patented gloves with tactile feedback and technology for spectators that will create the effect of presence at large-scale action.
The main patent can be called a full-fledged helmetvirtual reality. The document says that the conditional PS VR2 will have two cameras on the front panel, as well as one on the back. In addition, the headset will be studded with LEDs, which will help better track the player’s movements. Like the current PSVR, the new variant will also come with a built-in microphone.
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