It may not be the Half-Life 3 we've been waiting for but Half-Life: Alyx is sure drumming up the excitement for its fast-approaching launch. Now, Xbox's boss Phil Spencer said he actually tried it out and called the experience amazing.
Spencer made a number of statements at XO19 in regards to VR, most of them somewhat dismissive of the fledgeling technology. As you'd expect, this rubbed some people the wrong way and they've taken to Twitter to criticise Microsoft's stance.
A Twitter user going by the name Parris commented how Microsoft's dismissal of VR as a fad that's not worth the investment is a mistake. This, he claimed, is especially evident after considering the investments by Sony, Valve and Oculus.
"Fair feedback. I've said publically, I love how our industry has pioneered: AI, physics, 3D, RT, VR/AR etc. For us, it's about focus on our innovations right now. I've played some great VR games, I got to play HL: Alyx in the summer, amazing. It's just not our focus with Scarlett", Spencer replied.
By now, we've got a fair few accounts of people trying Half-Life: Alyx and loving it, and while we, unfortunately, don't have any among our ranks, we're inclined to believe them. Geoff Keighley's account of Valve's VR game in The Final Hours of Half-Life: Alyx - Behind Closed Doors at Valve documentary is similar, and he's apparently been almost crawling trying to take some shots - loving it every step of the way.
Nevertheless, Spencer was pretty clear that Scarlett will not be focusing on VR. Speaking at XO19, he said, "I have some issues with VR — it's isolating and I think of games as a communal, kind of together experience. The vast majority of our customers know if they want a VR experience, there are places to go get those."
You can find Spencer's response here .