At least one major developer is working on a VR game for the Xbox One, report claims

By Shawn Knight ยท 5 replies
May 28, 2016
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  1. Microsoft is expected to unveil some sort of new hardware at next month’s E3 trade show, be it a new Xbox One console, a new Xbox TV streaming stick or some combination of the two.

    The arrival of a new console would expedite the traditional release cycle but with Sony prepping its PlayStation VR headset (and likely a more powerful version of the PlayStation 4 to provide a better VR experience), Microsoft will need to match its rival’s move with a faster Xbox One – especially if it plans to jump on the virtual reality bandwagon.

    According to a recent report from Ars Technica, that’s exactly what’s taking place behind the scenes.

    The publication said that at least one major developer is planning to release a virtual reality game for the Xbox One in 2017. The information was fed to Ars directly from the developer as part of its pre-E3 planning and was even reportedly confirmed by a PR representative.

    While it’s not yet at liberty to reveal all the details, Ars says it is a well-known European studio that's planning a new VR game set in the universe of an established, long-running franchise. The game won’t be an Xbox One exclusive, however, as it’ll also be coming to the PlayStation 4 and PC. Ars added that the game’s title includes the word “VR” so it’s likely that this will be an entirely new game rather than a virtual reality port.

    Unlike Sony which is developing its own branded VR headset, Microsoft’s rumored solution is to create a new, more powerful version of the Xbox One that’ll be compatible with the Oculus Rift.

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  2. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    1... One.. Zero + One = One.... Just the One Microsoft... Let me guess... its from a studio you own....
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  3. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 2,104   +1,277

    A GPU powerful enough for the Ocululs is still out of reach for Microsoft. It takes awhile for new tech to be incorporated into a custom design and don't expect any polaris based console for at least a year. Going high end GCN 1.4 (or was it 1.3?) would mean upgrading the PSU and cooling from the addition power drawn.
  4. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,658   +1,095

    it's not exactly out of reach. they can most certainly make a console powerful enough, it's a matter of cost. if they release it in late 2017 then they can make it more powerful than the PS4 Neo.
    I'm just very skeptical of how they will manage compatibility between the Xbox One and the newer, much more powerful xbox console (rumors putting it at close to 6 TFLOPS - that about a 4.5x increase in performance). It's easy for Sony to have complete parity because the upgrade focuses on compatibility with just the GPU getting a really big buff (4.2 TFLOPS - 2.24x increase in performance).
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  5. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 3,339   +1,986

  6. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,736   +3,757

    It goes with the branding at least.
    wastedkill likes this.

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