Oculus Rift CEO Would Like to See Xbox One Compatibility
Written Thursday, July 11, 2013 By Richard WalkerView author's profile
That VR headset, Oculus Rift is a bit special, so news that it could one day appear for Xbox One seems a little too good to be true. But Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe has claimed that he'd like to see the VR kit make its way to Microsoft's next-gen console. The more platforms Oculus Rift is on, the better.
"Well, we love consoles," Iribe told OXM. "We play them a lot. There's no reason it can't technically work, it's just getting everybody involved. Right now we're focussed on the PC platform and Android."
Although Iribe says that Oculus is focused on bringing its Rift VR headset to PC and Android first, any sort of virtual reality is a good thing in his book. "We love what both the console guys are doing. I hope one or both of the console guys make VR headsets, or something similar, like an AR headset," he said.
"The more that they push into this space, even if it's a different device, or their own device, a different experience, the more that they're throwing into AR and VR, the better it is for everybody."
Microsoft is of course experimenting with its own takes on virtual and augmented reality, with rumours that the platform holder had 3D googles in the works for Xbox One, and then there's the promise of Microsoft's IllumiRoom that looks to expand the confines of a TV screen to your entire room. Still, Iribe would like to see a VR device or Oculus Rift on Xbox One down the line.
"We just want this to work, ourselves," Iribe added. "We want to put on a headset and for it to be awesome. We're going to try our best to make the very best experience, the very best VR device. We'd like to see it eventually become compatible with consoles, but right now we're mostly focussed on the PC side - we'd love them to come up with something."
Iribe also added that the latency of the cloud would have an adverse effect on Oculus Rift to boot: "There's no room for cloud activity, from a visual VR perspective. You can still do cool stuff in the cloud for AI and characters, stuff like that, so what Microsoft's talking about in the cloud will improve the richness of some of the game activity, but it's not going to improve any of the visual fidelity."
So there you have it. Will virtual reality prove to be the future of gaming? Will Oculus Rift come to Xbox One eventually? Only time will tell.