Xbox Scarlett Likely Won’t Feature VR Capabilities, Says Phil Spencer
Spencer states that Xbox fans aren't asking for VR experiences on the platform which makes it a non-priority.
While Xbox head Phil Spencer has previously seemed to have an interest in bringing virtual reality functionality to the Xbox platform, that no longer seems to be in the cards.
Speaking to Stevivor recently, Spencer seemed to shoot down any hopes of bringing VR to Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox Scarlett console in the future. Spencer claimed that the desire from Xbox players to see VR on the platform just isn’t big enough to warrant the move. “We’re responding to what our customers are asking for and… nobody’s asking for VR,” Spencer stated. “The vast majority of our customers know if they want a VR experience, there’s places to go get those. We see the volumes of those on PC and other places.”
Still, Spencer did leave the door open in the future for VR coming to Xbox saying, “I think we might get there [eventually]. But yeah, that’s not where our focus is.”
Even though many are still enthused about the VR space, especially over the past week thanks to the reveal of Half-Life: Alyx, Spencer really isn’t wrong with what he’s saying. Of the many VR headsets on the market today, none of them have sold in drastically high quantities, making the virtual reality space still somewhat niche. While it’d be a nice bonus feature to have on Xbox moving forward, it’s understandable why Spencer and company aren’t making VR functionality a priority whatsoever.
Despite Scarlett seemingly leaving VR at the door though, the platform sounds like it will be quite powerful in other areas. We should learn a whole lot more about Microsoft’s next Xbox in the coming months as the console is slated to launch in, most likely, less than a year’s time.