Another report says Xbox also getting virtual reality/augmented reality device

Sources say Microsoft's new virtual reality/augmented reality effort aims to create a "suite of experiences unique to Microsoft's Xbox products."

All eyes are on Sony this week as the company is rumored to announce a virtual reality device for the PlayStation 4 tomorrow at the Game Developers Conference. But Microsoft might not be far behind with its own 3D virtual reality technology.

Multiple sources familiar with Microsoft's plans told The Wall Street Journal that the Xbox maker has also developed 3D virtual reality devices and has even filed at least one patent so far.

This technology is concurrently in development with a mysterious VR/AR project revealed in 2012 as "Fortazela," which is reportedly similar to Google Glass. The Wall Street Journal says that Microsoft's efforts in the virtual reality space represent an attempt to create a "suite of experiences unique to Microsoft's Xbox products."

In addition, the sources go on to explain that one iteration of Microsoft's new technology was focused on augmented reality--that is, a technology that can layer animation on top of imagery from the real-world. By comparison, virtual reality devices like Oculus Rift only displays CG (computer generated) images.

Sony is rumored to announce its own VR device for the PS4 tomorrow during a "future of gaming" panel. GameSpot will be in attendance and will have all the news as it happens.

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Discussion

297 comments
guitarist1980
guitarist1980

It would have been great to get that illumiroom projector thing.. But MS said it would cost way to much to mass produce and not only that but development support for multi plat games would be an issue. They need to do something cool with Kinect because as of now its not even what I would call relevant to the console itself. I am not sure what the Fortaleza project is but I think its AR glasses that will coincide with connect?

playmynutz
playmynutz

Someone gave up on Kinect, it had so much potential

ebookerd1
ebookerd1

I want that projector add one they talked about a few months ago. that makes your whole room active in the game. a good waste of 500 bucks for a projector. lol

jcloverboy
jcloverboy

Would love if they just started to support 3D gaming properly. When done right, it's a great experience. Like Uncharted 3.


Trine 2 on PS4 supports 3D and is absolutely beautiful. I hope both Sony and Microsoft's new gimmick supports 3D televisions without the device.

Hurvl
Hurvl

When the Wii launched with motion tracking, Sony and Microsoft eventually came up with their own takes on that feature and now it seems like history is repeating itself, but with VR being the new trend. Sure, Sony made VR tech before the Oculus Rift was announced, but there was never much fuss about it and I didn't even realize they existed before people talked about the competition the Oculus Rift faces.


I've never heard of any motion-based games that are any good, so I think it would be better to improve them first before jumping on another trend that might never amount to much.

gajbutler
gajbutler

Why are people scared of change? Money, it's simple, the people who slag this stuff off cannot afford it. That is a valid reason, no one likes to be left behind, but the real people who do not care just stay quiet and carry on as they please.

adambomb007
adambomb007

solve the motion sickness problem and it will work. at this point in time its not been solved.

Shelledfade1
Shelledfade1

virtual reality, LOL why bother when they can't even get 1080p resolution... ?

V.R is so overrated its ridiculous. It's the same with Occulus rift. In the end nothing can beat keyboard and mouse superiority for visual movements.

I'd love a virtual reality lap dance, who wouldn't, but that's about all that tech is good for.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

3D, the Power Glove, Motion control, virtual reality, camera's...these are all useless extra's and peripherals that have been tried and rejected numerous times.  And for some reason companies continue to try and reinvent this garbage and attempt to shove it down gamers throats for the almighty dollar.

monson21502
monson21502

funny how all these sony lovers bash ms about this. and that this is already ruled as a failed project. they were saying the same thing last gen about how much better move was gonna be because it was a better version  of the wii controls.and ms was sooo stupid for trying to use kinect instead of just copying the wii. turned out kinect was better and ms stuck with their idea and sony just dropped move like it was nothing and the sony lovers had nothing but a few nurf cannons and a few glow sticks and a bunch of sport demo games/psn games. sad thing is most of these sony lovers already have high end pcs. i dont know why they are so hyped about sony`s rip off . when they can just go out and buy a rift.. thats almost as bad as paying 50X2  for 2 move controllers.then 40X2  for two numchucks then 40 for the ps3 eye cam instead of just buying a wii and being able to every game wirth those type of controls plus all nintendo`s best games. least with ms`s idea u will get something different. and they will stick with it and not just send out a first wave then just dump it like sony does with ideas that dont take off in their favor    

StonerDemon
StonerDemon

I can't take this seriously coming from a company that releases a voice-command entertainment center and then releases a remote some months after.

Someguy1212
Someguy1212

"I'm sorry, to receive the full benefit of your new VR device please purchase Xbox Live Ultra Platinum and type in your SSN."

cracka123
cracka123

Microsoft should redeem itself by just making their console Rift compatible.

jsnhnsly
jsnhnsly

How about you worry about the disaster that is the Kinect first Microsoft.

Barighm
Barighm

I see we've found the source of patent infringement cases for the next gen.

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

What's the point if there are no games to play?

notfrylock1987
notfrylock1987

That is so ADORABLE!

All the consoles want to be like PC! 

Dasim64
Dasim64

This definitely has gimmick written all over it. The Oculus Rift is the only product so far that shows real promise on the VR front. But at least Sony already has some of this tech in place so theirs has some potential even if it won't be any where close to what the Rift will offer. But what has Microsoft ever done in this area? Nothing that I've seen that would apply to the gaming community. Can't imagine they're doing anything that will be anything but a mild attempt to grab some of the VR money that is bound to get spread around in the coming months. 

tom2750
tom2750

WTF is virtual reality anyway? is it just having the game displayed on 2 small screens right in front of your eyes? surely thats not it there must be something i am missing because if that's all it is then it is over hyped

dogman12602
dogman12602

a "suite of experiences unique to Microsoft's Xbox products." Meaning its going to be used for a bunch of proprietary garbage just like the Kinect. Not saying that the sony headset won't be the same, no one knows. But thats what the sentence seems to imply.

guitarist1980
guitarist1980

I was looking forward to some cool stuff like this for Kinect, however most games are multi platform so the development costs to add features like this will most likely only happen with exclusives and some Triple A games.

TERMINATOR-SSD
TERMINATOR-SSD

who cares about this stuff. I JUST WANT GAMES for my consoles



and Oculus Rift for my PC

Daian
Daian

How much do you wanna bet Microsoft themselves "leaked" this so they don't look left behind.


ziproy
ziproy

COPYCATS!!!!


Guess this means the Oculus Rift is here to stay

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

People should remember that, even if the Xbox One isn't powerful enough to do VR at 1080p, MS will likely find some way to distinguish their VR headset from the competition, even if the headset is only 720p.

Perhaps the headset could work together with Kinect, allowing a game to simulate the player's arms and hands within the game world

adambomb007
adambomb007

@Shelledfade1  they cant get 1080p resolution? i guess you have never played a PC game...or an xbox one exclusive. 

phbz
phbz

@Gravity_Slave  Most of those things failed because the tech was not at the right spot yet. The vast majority of people who tried OR seem to be happy with it´s performance. 


3D movies have a long history of failure, but in the last years the tech got closer and truth is many 3D movies today are a box office hits.  


Kinect, in theory, it's also an interesting tech to use in combination with VR. But, sadly, all the demos I've seen made it look as something that´s not yet at a desirable level. That lag makes it almost useless for VR IMO. 


But, in the end, peoples choices is what make a product viable. And probably 99% of the things we use today, at some point, were seen as useless gimmicks. 

monson21502
monson21502

@cracka123  thats probably what sony will do with the ps4 slim. after they add a port to the slims. sony cant add stuff to the ps4 via system updates because they cant think ahead . they see something they think is gonna help them they just go as fast and as cheap as they can and do it without thinking about their fans. it fails all the cost goes to the sony lovers who support them 

mariusturok
mariusturok

@jsnhnsly  i can say i am a gamer that plays various game genres but i also like the kinect titles. they are really good when you want to get out of the regular button pressing and sitting in one spot. plus it provides a good, frendlier, approach to people who are not familiar with video games at all. Even though it's not perfect and gets frustrating at times it still is a blast to play with. I've no idea why people have so much hate for this device which has a lot of potential and provides a new way to experience games. The only downside i see with it is that there isn't even one company yet to take a risk and create a richer experience on the kinect apart from the casual games that get out for it, especially now since all xbone owners have it.

Barighm
Barighm

@notfrylock1987 They are PC's. Well, X1 moved away from PC architecture a bit, but still close enough.

zakknafien
zakknafien

@Dasim64  sonys headset is rumored to be better then occulas rift when it first arrived and very a- simaler to what occulas rift does now stay tuned !:P also sony has been making vr displays since the late 90's they have the money and the gigantic research and development teams and occulas rift is like 10 guys ina basement dont believe me?

wait and see then :P

monson21502
monson21502

@tom2750  its when u go to sleep at night and dream about your future. u know  how u dream of people that u never met before? or u get a feeling like u have done this before? well u have dreamed it and u remember it at that moment and the poeple u never seen before is the people u have seen but didnt notice.  for all we know we all in a dream right now . thats virtual reality

notfrylock1987
notfrylock1987

@tom2750  I think the goal with VR in general is to trick your mind into thinking you are actually in the game.

A perfect example is when I played TFII with an OR, It would trick my mind into thinking Im in the game. One example is jumping off of something tall and getting the falling feeling in your stomach when you fall in real life. (thats what i felt anyway when i did that for the first time)

Dasim64
Dasim64

@tom2750  The Oculus Rift is far more than just 2 screens in front of your eyes. Do some research. I don't have the space to explain it all here.

Zloth2
Zloth2

@Spartan_418 First, resolution is pretty different when you're talking VR.  Second, even the old 360 can push out amazing resolutions *IF* you make the graphics simple enough.

Working with the Kinect, though, would be a VERY good thing.  One of the issues with VR is when you hold your hand in front of your face and don't see anything.  With Kinect, it could actually fix that.

Daian
Daian

@Spartan_418  not very useful since you also have to move, you still need a gamepad to run around which means your hands wouldn't be free to do Kinect stuff.

tzolynski
tzolynski

@wallacom Same reason i own a headset even though i have a great surround system... Cant come out guns blazing with the wife in bed unless i want to sleep on the couch. My couch is comfy but you get my point. Actions dont always speak louder than words i guess you could say.

monson21502
monson21502

@zakknafien @Dasim64  omg of course sony`s will be so much better then the rift. i mean i seen the video  and they have sony`s name on them !

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

@notfrylock1987  I get that same feeling sometimes when I fall off a bridge or a high building in a first-person game without expecting it.

You don't need VR for that, it's called immersion.

hikaruai
hikaruai

@Zloth2 thats old VR man, the oculus rift doesn't have that problem

HowlPendragon
HowlPendragon

@shinjuki  Two people?

Try looking around the entire internet. Loads of people don't want to have to pay for it because the only games that aren't horrible on it are Just Dance and virtual pet games.

tzolynski
tzolynski

@HowlPendragon @shinjuki  Gamers make up a small piece of the pie in society..... How else do you explain COD selling like it does? whether i like it or not the casual is a big piece of the puzzle, is not hard to understand why they went the route they did. Neither console are as next gen as I would like, but your gimmick is the next mans gold. There are lots who love kinnect, I dont think it should of been manditory but none the less millions of people didnt mind.


My DS4 has a touch pad a speaker and bright blue led that eats the battery.... bit of a gimmick there also if you ask me.

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

@notfrylock1987 I just don't see how having a screen glued to my face will improve my experience with a game. If anything, it'll make the whole thing feel unnatural.