Phil Spencer thinks it will be “a couple of years” before VR hits mainstream in gaming

Gaming site Stevivor hosted an interview with Phil Spencer to ask him more about his thoughts on where VR is heading. For Project Scorpio, it seems that it’s in the future but not something that we’ll see just yet.

The Windows 10 Creators Update will make mixed reality more affordable.

The Windows 10 Creators Update will make mixed reality more affordable.

When the Xbox Head asked where he thought VR was going when it came to Windows 10 gaming, Spencer said “I don’t know,” explaining that he feels that the current VR options that we have currently are limited to demos and experiments. It’s a natural process to develop mimic games and trials to see what works with VR and where progress can be made. Even Kinect had a similar process, he admitted, expressing that “Kinect turned into the Dance Central box.

Of course, the creative process for virtual reality has a long way to go. One of the major criticisms that Phil Spencer had about the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift is the lack of mobility. Particularly in regards to the cord attaching the devices to a computer instead of being wireless. “It’s gotta go away,” he told Stevivor. “Most non-core gaming people are not going to do that.”

HoloLens Demo

HoloLens Demo

It’s one of the major pros that Microsoft HoloLens has going for it, in fact. Spencer praised the design choice to put the computer in the HMD itself, making the HoloLens capable of switching from augmented reality to virtual reality much easier. A feature that Spencer seems to believe will be integral to the streamlining of VR games into the mainstream.

This was also right before Microsoft’s announcement of affordable VR headsets coming ‘soon’. Read the full interview over at Stevivor.

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