Last month, Microsoft and its hardware partners launched the first Windows Mixed Reality headsets on the market, aiming to democratize virtual reality with cheaper, plug-and-play hardware. For now, the main use cases revolve around gaming and entertainment, and starting this week the Windows Mixed Reality Platform will support SteamVR games as well.
Microsoft knows that gaming scenarios are really important for now, and the company has already released Minecraft VR and a new Halo VR experience called Halo: Recruit on the Microsoft Store.
Answering a question about VR support on Xbox One X, a company’s spokesperson declined to share more details with our colleagues over at UploadVR, though he confirmed that the company has more Windows Mixed Reality games in the pipeline. You can read the full statement below (emphasis ours):
Microsoft is committed to delivering great mixed reality gaming experiences. We believe that right now a Windows PC is the best platform for mixed reality as its open ecosystem and enormous installed base offer the best opportunity for developers, and Windows offers the most choices for consumers. Therefore, our primary focus is making our Windows Mixed Reality experiences a success. We have games from Microsoft Studios in development for Windows Mixed Reality, and several game developers are working closely with us to bring their titles to Windows Mixed Reality. Because of the opportunity with Windows Mixed Reality, and because we believe the user experience will be best on PC right now, that is where our focus is. We have nothing to share about mixed reality for console at this time.”
Microsoft has some great IPs in its portfolio, but it was nice to see Halo coming to Windows Mixed Reality last month. Currently, you can also play Microsoft Solitaire in Windows Mixed Reality, as a pinned UWP app, but we wouldn’t mind having true VR versions of Solitaire, Minesweeper and more available in Windows Mixed Reality. What is the Microsoft-owned IP you would like to see come alive in VR? Let us know below.