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E3 2017: 'Direct Reality' Trademarked By Microsoft, VR Gaming Suspected

By Michael Diente , Jun 09, 2017 06:00 AM EDT
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Ahead of Microsoft's E3 2017 press conference, a new leak appears to have another one of the company's intended surprises revealed. A report claims that the Redmond firm has filed a trademark application for what it calls "Direct Reality". It seems like the documentation has something to do with VR gaming. According to sources, the recent trademark details that it is related to "computer game software." Moreover, it further elaborates that it is intended for "computer software for holographic applications."

Microsoft's trademark application was filed on June 2, 2017 and further includes "online computer game software" and even holographic applications. Gamespot explains that except for the information detailed on its trademark documents, there are no further details about "Direct Reality." However, its name highly suggests a possibility of VR gaming via holographic applications. Furthermore, the technology could be related to its recently announced HoloLens project.

It definitely seems likely that "Direct Reality" is referring to Microsoft's plans to bring VR gaming to the Project Scorpio. However, the company has yet to share more details about how it is going to implement the technology in gaming. Meanwhile, Microsoft has confirmed that its E3 2017 press conference will skip any talk about virtual reality gaming. It seems that the company wants to draw everyone's attention focused on its upcoming Project Scorpio.

According to Game Rant, Microsoft's main focus right now is its "mixed reality experiences" and making it work successfully on Windows 10 PCs. Microsoft's Alex Kipman explains that the company believes Windows PCs are the "best" platform for its VR gaming technology for now. It seems like "Direct Reality" might debut on the PC for the meantime as the platform have an "enormous" user base, which makes it's the "best opportunity for developers," says Kipman.

Based on the information detailed above, it looks like Project Scorpio owners will have to wait a while for Microsoft's VR gaming tech to arrive. "Direct Reality" will be properly tested on PCs for the meantime until the company irons out the kinks. For now, the company's new console might already have an official name. Thanks to vigilant sources who scrutinized the recent Project Scorpio E3 2017 teaser trailers, the console might be called the Xbox 10 S.

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