Microsoft quickly kills Xbox Series X VR headset speculation in official statement

Brad Stephenson

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News regarding Virtual Reality (VR) on Xbox consoles has been a very bumpy ride these past few years. Despite both gamers and game developers expressing interest in the technology on the Xbox One and Xbox Series X, Microsoft personnel have frequently shut down the idea and emphasized that the company is focusing on traditional controller-based titles for their consoles in the near future and that VR is something that they only see potential for on PC.

In late-2020, there seemed to be some hope for VR on Xbox Series X with some clues about future support being found within the Microsoft Flight Simulator video game but Microsoft’s Phil Spencer reaffirmed the company’s stance on VR last month, saying once again that they have no plans for it on Xbox.

Some new hope for Xbox VR arose earlier today when some IGN Italy staff spotted a reference to “VR Headset” while testing the newly-release Xbox Wireless Headset. Unfortunately, A Microsoft spokesperson quickly responded to this news and explained that, “The copy in this error message is inaccurate due to a localization bug. VR for console is not a focus for us at this time.”

VR does seem like something that will come to Xbox consoles eventually given its gradual increase in popularity but whether that potential launch is during the current Xbox Series X console generation or the next one in five years or so remains to be seen.

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