Microsoft owes Xbox One owners a virtual reality solution.
Sony announced that the Sony PlayStation VR will go on sale for $399 in October. The Sony PS4 virtual reality solution will be the most affordable on the market beating an Oculus Rift setup by 50% in cost. The Sony news has triggered again the question where is the Xbox One virtual reality solution. Microsoft has not announced Xbox One virtual reality gear.
Microsoft has a relationship with Facebook's Oculus. The Oculus ships with an Xbox One controller and runs only on Windows PCs. Microsoft announced last summer that Xbox One owners can stream Xbox One games to their PCs and then play them with the Oculus Rift.
There is though no direct Xbox One Rift support in the works according to Nate Mitchell, the vice president of product at Oculus. He said in September of 2015: "It has been a conversation, but I can say we're not so close." Plans can have changed since then and they should.
Given the fierce battle between Microsoft and Sony for console market share it is unimaginable that Microsoft will not offer a virtual reality solution for the Xbox One this fall as well.
An Oculus Rift for the Xbox One is a possibility. Microsoft has with the HoloLens an ambitious augmented reality system in the works. The HoloLens is shipping to developers on of the month. The HoloLens will likely not be shipping this year to consumers. Microsoft needs to offer an alternative to the Sony PlayStation VR for the Xbox One this Fall to not fall behind in the console war.