Microsoft is working on a new Xbox with high performance of 5 to 6 teraflops for Virtual Reality to be released in 2017. Does it come to late and why does Microsoft need Oculus?
The nascent virtual reality market is seen as the next big consumer market. Yesterday we carried a new rumor that Microsoft will release a new powerful Xbox for VR in 2017. Sony is rumored to release the more powerful PlayStation Neo this fall along with the PlayStation VR headset.
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If true than Sony might have up to a year head start, depending when Microsoft is ready to release the Xbox Scorpio. Kotaku's report says that the Xbox Scorpio will be technically supporting the Oculus Rift and that Microsoft is pursuing a partnership with Oculus. Why? Why would Microsoft want to leave money on table?
Microsoft has already made foray into virtual reality hardware with the HoloLens. Why would the company not be able to make an immersive VR headset themselves? Given the problems Oculus has with rolling out products, it is not the ideal partner to begin with.
Microsoft needs to deliver a complete VR solution like Sony to keep things simple for consumers and be in control of pricing. There is nothing to say against making the Xbox Scorpio compatible to the Oculus, but there needs to be Microsoft VR headset.
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If the E3 2016 in June will bring any details about the Xbox VR plans remains to be seen. Microsoft is supposed to unveil a new smaller Xbox One and an Xbox media streaming box at their E3 2016 press event on June 13.