Phil Spencer took the stage today at Oculus VR’s Pre-E3 Presentation to reveal a partnership between Oculus and Microsoft in a number of areas. While it was announced that the Xbox One controller would ship with every Oculus Rift Kit, it was also revealed that Xbox One games streamed to Windows 10 would be compatible with the Oculus Rift as well.
The surprise announcement makes a lot of sense considering that Microsoft has basically let the virtual reality hardware makers pass them by in recent years. With the announcement of Project Morpheus, and no response from Microsoft, it appeared that Xbox One owners would be left out of virtual reality. These latest developments certainly brighten the horizons for Xbox One owners.
Details were slim from Spencer, but it appears that some games will be compatible from the Xbox One. This partnership also opens the door for games developers to make their PC-exclusive Oculus Rift titles available on Xbox One as well.
Oculus VR’s Press Conference very well may have dropped the first megaton announcement for Microsoft at E3.
Update: Microsoft has added more color to how Xbox One games will work on the Oculus Rift via Xbox Wire. While it’s not much more detailed than what we heard during Oculus’ presentation, it does reveal games like Forza, Halo, and more playable through the VR headset.
“We shared earlier this year that you’ll be able to stream your Xbox One games to your Windows 10 PC or tablet. Now, we’re happy to announce that we’re bringing the same Xbox One streaming capability to the Rift, a feature that’s only possible through Windows 10. You can play your favorite Xbox One games, like Halo, Forza, Sunset Overdrive and more, on your own virtual reality cinema screen. It’s just like playing in a private theater, and you can even play with your friends through Xbox Live.”
Playing Xbox One games via the virtual cinema screen might not be the same type of virtual reality experience found from games native to Oculus, Morpheus, or others. Though the partnership with Microsoft shows promise if nothing else. Brendan Irbe did say more news about Oculus’ partnership with Microsoft will be revealed in the future.