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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Rumours: Microsoft is entering the virtual reality space

A little late to the party, but it seems Microsoft too is developing its own virtual reality solution to rival Facebook’s Oculus Rift, Sony’s Project Morpheous, and several other VR efforts. Sources have told various media outlets that Microsoft’s VR headset is already well into development and that several game developers are already tinkering around with it. The device is said to enter mass production sometime this year, with a reveal likely at either GDC (like Sony did) or E3. Sources also suggest that the VR headset is being developed by the same hardware team behind the Microsoft Surface products.

Virtual reality is the latest buzz word in gaming heck, even mobile players like Samsung are getting into it so it’s only natural for Microsoft to want in on the action. However, a 2015 launch does seem a tad ambitious for a device that hasn’t even been announced yet. Both the Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus have been through multiple iterations thanks to extensive testing, so Microsoft won’t want to rush their product. You’d also have to take into account the hardware resources of the Xbox One that the headset would take up. Developers are having a tough time as it is to match game performance with the PS4. A virtual reality headset could further take up valuable system resources.

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