Earlier this week we reported that Microsoft is preparing to announce multiple Xbox devices next month and may be pursuing virtual reality support for the upcoming Xbox “Scorpio”.
The Virtual Reality rumors appear to have been given additional credence today. Kyle Orland at Ars Technica has confirmed that a major studio based somewhere in Europe is currently developing a VR game for the Xbox One. The name of the studio has not been revealed and details of the game are scarce but it is apparently set within the universe of a well known franchise that has been around for a very long time.
This game is also in development for PC and Playstation 4 and apparently features “VR” in the title which indicates that this is a pure virtual reality game and not a traditional game with an optional VR mode.
Microsoft has not announced any sort of VR device for Xbox One but they do have a strong relationship with Oculus Rift. In fact, every Oculus Rift VR system includes an Xbox One controller. All of this suggests that Oculus Rift would be the most likely path to virtual reality gaming on an Xbox console in the near future.
The current Xbox One console is likely too limited for virtual reality gaming but the upcoming console which is code-named Scorpio is rumored to be significantly more powerful – perhaps even four times as powerful as the Xbox One. A recent article from Polygon suggests that Scorpio may operate at a target of 6 teraflops.
If a virtual reality game is released for Xbox One then a 2017 release date is most likely. Microsoft is rumored to release a redesigned Xbox One in 2016 and Scorpio is said to release in 2017.
TiCGN will report any developments regarding this game and other virtual reality titles as they become available.