After enchanting sizable audiences with mixed reality headsets on Windows, Microsoft is announcing support for them on Xbox’s platforms. The company has been quoted as saying that potential support for its mixed reality headsets is coming in 2018 for Xbox One, its current-gen games console.
Microsoft’s Mixed Reality enables developers to blend the physical world with digital content, something that has been previously demonstrated by its Hololens hardware.
The announcement for the arrival of mixed reality headsets to the Xbox One was made at the Game Developers Conference, or GDC.
Microsoft is targeting a market for both the current Xbox One models as well as the more forward-looking Project Scorpio, which will launch later this year and without support for the Windows Mixed Reality platform at launch.
“Our plan is to bring mixed reality content to the Xbox One family of devices, including Project Scorpio, in 2018.”
As for Windows, it is being assumed that support for third-party augmented reality (AR) solutions are coming in the upcoming Windows Creators Update.
So far, Microsoft has partnered with a number of companies who are gearing to launch their own headsets by year-end, including Acer, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and many more.
Microsoft is also launching a new developer edition VR headset for launch soon. This headset features 1440 x 1440 displays, a 90Hz refresh rate, audio jack for sound, as well as HDMI and USB 3.0 for video.
The headset will be rolled out to Windows developers who are a part of the Windows Mixed Reality platform.
Xbox won’t be the only gaming platform to support VR. There’s PlayStation’s VR solution, as well as numerous others like Occulus, Gear VR, HTC Vive and more.
Expect the market for VR and AR to heat up in the months ahead.