Microsoft is extending its gaming reach by introducing its VR Headsets and making them compatible with the Xbox One and Project Scorpio, which is expected to release in 2018. The company made the announcement on Wednesday, during the Game Developers Conference (GDC).
As PC World reported, Microsoft confirmed that Windows Mixed Reality will become compatible with other devices over time. More specifically, that the company has plans in place to bring the experience to the Xbox One and Project Scorpio. To put it simply, the idea of the project is to bring augmented reality to various units.
It was not confirmed during the event that third party reality headsets would also be compatible with Windows Mixed Reality, the publication stated that it is a likely addition. Both the Xbox One and PCs that run on Windows 10 can run the Universal Windows (UWP) Apps, so compatibility will theoretically be a non-issue. The company also discussed its partnership of a mixed reality headset with Acer.
Early version of the headset is going to be rolled out to developers soon, as Microsoft confirmed back in January that March would be the month for its roll out. The Windows Mixed Reality Headsets are not expected to be available in the market until later this year, particularly because the Creators Update will not be released until spring.
The consumer base of virtual reality and/or mixed reality is growing, so it was only a matter of time until Microsoft jumped into the pool. As the publication has noted, Sony recently announced that it had sold almost one million PlayStation VR headsets since releasing the same on October. Perhaps the Redmond-based company is looking to mirror the same success.
As EWeek added, Microsoft's plan of popularizing the Mixed Reality Headset is to heavily market the device in China. As such, the unit will be available in the area within the first half of the year. This will be around the same time that Windows 10 support will arrive to the S1 HMD from 3Glasses, a Chinese headset manufacturer.