Xbox One and Project Scorpio Will Support AR Headset
In a blog post from Microsoft, the company confirmed the Xbox One and Project Scorpio would support an AR headset in 2018. Microsoft is going to start shipping a mixed reality development kit from Acer this month. The interesting tidbit that Microsoft casually stated that the plan is to include mixed reality content with their Xbox One family of devices, the key being that this includes Project Scorpio.
The move would bring an AR headset like Hololens to the Xbox One and Project Scorpio. It would help Microsoft compete against Sony which has Playstation VR. PS VR has sold over 918,000 units which are a huge hit when you consider it’s the most affordable VR headset around.
Xbox One, Project Scorpio will support AR headsets
Every developer that attended Microsoft’s keynote announcement around the Acer headset received a golden ticket. The ticket will redeem an Acer mixed reality headset to start developing on Windows. Since Windows across desktops and the Xbox are “one operating system,” these developers will have a lot of potential.
While we won’t see support in the next few months, it’s promising to know Microsoft is working with developers. Sony offering VR experiences with their Playstation has lead to more sales, while future proofing their platform. Microsoft has lagged behind, but they’ve also led the pack with their Hololens project.
We’ll keep an eye out for what developers build with their new mixed reality Windows headsets. They can build games, experiences, or useful apps. Everything they build could make its way to the Xbox sometime this year or even next year. Mixed reality headsets will offer not only VR experiences like on Playstation VR, but also AR experiences like we’ve seen with Minecraft on the Hololens.
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