In a recent interview with Xbox boss Phil Spencer he believes that there is a limited demand for VR when it comes to selecting our priorities in what we look for in gaming. Although he hasn't ruled out the virtual reality technology for the future, Spencer has communicated the next year's Xbox Project Scarlett will not have a VR focus.
What Phil Spencer said in his interview
Spencer had a discussion with Stevivor to discuss his viewpoint on the current situation surrounding VR in the gaming realm. Spencer said, "I have some issues with VR — it's isolating, and I think of games as a communal, kind of together experience. We're responding to what our customers are asking for and… nobody's asking for VR."
Although Spencer hasn't outright said Project Scarlett would not have a focus around VR, to begin with, there's been nothing to say that the tech could be seen on the next-gen Xbox at some point in its future. "The vast majority of our customers know if they want a VR experience, there are places to go get those. We see the volumes of those on PC and other places… I think we might get there [eventually], but yeah, that's not where our focus is."
It suffices to say that VR isn't at the top of Spencer's priorities list for current-gen gaming, although a recently leaked Project Scarlett patent reported by GamesRadar suggests the console will have the potential to handle VR discussing a "virtual reality floor mat activity region."
Perhaps the guys over at Microsoft are watching and learning to see if VR takes off? Games such as the new Half-Life: Alyx is going to grab the attention of gamers, although Spencer's words saying "nobody's selling millions and millions" seems to suggest otherwise.
One thing is for sure, the PS5 and Xbox Project Scarlett are on the radar for next year, so we'll see then how accurate Phil Spencer's claims are then.