…Heaven or hell, it entirely depends on what side of the fence you sit on, or which side of the fence massive corporations pushing VR and gaming sit on. The news is crazy, crazy great and for Xbox fans who are already expecting to have an overhaul of their OS to fit into the Windows 10 ecosystem, this only adds to the excitement. So Oculus and Microsoft have joined forces in a partnership that makes perfect sense, especially considering what Microsoft hopes to achieve with Windows 10 and what Oculus hopes to achieve with the Rift, the two ambitions are very similar. What does that mean for other VR makers and game producers though? It certainly can’t be a good thing…can it?
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So we are willing to bet that the likes of Sony, HTC and others were a little rustled by the news that Microsoft and Oculus were joining forces, they are both forces to reckon with after all and Sony already competed against the both of them, PS4 vs Xbox One and Project Morpheus vs Oculus Rift, so what a concern it must be to see the two of them putting their heads together.
Microsoft hopes to make Oculus usage a great deal easier and more fun with Windows 10, which is being heralded as the most user friendly, user created experiences to come from Microsoft, so we expect that it will work hand in hand with Oculus, allowing for more options than there currently is and more power available to you with the new Direct X. On top of that, Microsoft wants to sell Xbox Controllers alongside every Oculus Rift and it’s far from uncommon for Xbox controllers to be used on PC.
Microsoft also assures us that we’ll be able to stream our Xbox One games right through to our Oculus headsets using the new power of Windows, making for many more enjoyable gaming sessions. Oculus’ potential is already over the moon and with Microsoft at its side, it should have more usability and power to offer the gamers.
That being said, where does that leave competitors? Well given the news, it probably should come as more of a fret, it what it will be used for is still yet to be seen, so its a little difficult to determine just how intuitive playing Oculus with an Xbox One will be. We also have to bear in mind that the competition are not only encouraging the same developers making games for Oculus Rift to make games for their devices too, but making their own, so THAT game we simply MUST have could come from anywhere and the device to have it, the device that is cheapest to buy and easiest to use, the device that comes with a variety of different games and options besides gaming, is the device that will sell like hotcakes.
As it currently stands, Sony’s peripherals and Oculus peripherals outside of the headset itself, combined with sound quality, screen quality and general comfort, put them both in the lead, but they still have some ways to go and it looks as though Sony might be out of the door first with the Project Morpheus, so the entire debate is up in the air at the moment.
Still, with two to choose from and undoubtedly a massive collection of games to play in VR, combining both, what do YOU have to complain about…besides maybe price?