Xbox One X Update: Microsoft's Phil Spencer Says Xbox One X Is Compatible With VR

By Richard Rickss, Posted: 06/15/17 06:35AM EDT

Microsoft's press event at gaming conference this week drew the massive attention that fans expect from one of the big three console makers. Moreover, Microsoft garnered the most attention for what it didn't say about what form, if any, its vision for console-based virtual reality will take.

Xbox One X Still Supports Virtual Reality

When Microsoft announced its newest game console, the curiously named Xbox One X, there was one thing that was not mentioned during the event much to the surprise of anyone who witnessed the same event last year. In 2016, Microsoft made a big deal of Virtual Reality, and while there was plenty of fanfare for the Xbox One X this year, there was no mention of virtual reality support at all, according to Redmond Pie.

Meanwhile, CNET reported that Xbox head Phil Spencer has confirmed that despite its conspicuous absence during the launch event, virtual reality will still be part of the Xbox One X's future. This flies in the face of a Wall Street Journal article that suggested that this is not the case.

Although Spencer said that he has not read the article himself, he still adamant that Xbox One X buyers will have virtual reality in their future. Beyond Phil Spencer, Microsoft has been very quiet on the possibility of VR support on the Xbox One X.

On the other hand, Mike Ybarra, Microsoft's Corporate Vice President for Xbox and Windows, refused to deny or confirm whether the new Xbox would still be compatible with virtual reality in future. However, Spencer did tell GameSpot that he and Xbox will focus on what gamers want.

Xbox Onex X Updates Details

Spencer also suggested there are plenty of scopes for virtual reality and mixed reality gaming in the future of Microsoft's flagship game console. Microsoft's Xbox One X will not launch until later this year but it already has a growing game library, including a number of exclusives.

Existing Xbox One games will work on the new console, as will Xbox 360, and original Xbox titles updated with backward compatibility. Hence, all of those being upscale to the 4K resolution that the Xbox One X promises to bring to the TVs of gamers around the globe on November 7th, when it finally hits the shelves.

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