Phil Spencer has confirmed that Xbox Project Scarlett won't focus on VR as nobody is asking for it. Spencer said that the company is trying to deliver user-requested features and VR is not one of them.
The next-gen console from Microsoft is scheduled to arrive sometime during Holiday season next year and you can bet it will pack powerful hardware along with a ton of new features. Not a lot has been said about these though, as Microsoft are keeping their cards close to their chest but at least they are revealing which features will not be the focus of the new console.
One of the features that won't be expanded with the release of the new hardware is VR. According to Xbox boss Phil Spencer, the company is simply responding to what players want from Project Scarlett and, at the moment, VR is not one of their requests.
"We’re responding to what our customers are asking for and… nobody’s asking for VR," Spencer said in an interview with Stevivor. He explained that the decision is based on cold hard cash as "nobody's selling millions and millions" of VR devices.
On top of this, Spencer said that he sees games as a communal experience, while VR looks pretty isolating. "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. We see the volumes of those on PC and other places”
He concluded by saying that Xbox will eventually get there and offer some sort of VR experience to users but that won't be the focus of the new console.
Spencer's comments on VR are quite a contrast to Sony's, who have big hopes for the technology. Sony developed their own headset and there's a big library of exclusive PSVR games at the moment. It's expected that Sony further improves their VR tech with PlayStation 5, which would basically give them the full domination of the console VR market in the next-gen era.