First Xbox One VR Game Coming Next Year - Report

A "major developer" from Europe is releasing a VR game on Xbox One next year.

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Following reports this week that Microsoft might be working on a new, more powerful and VR-ready Xbox One to launch in 2017, another story has come online to seemingly back that up.

Ars Technica reports that a "major developer" is working on a virtual reality game to launch on Xbox One in 2017. This game will be shown at E3, the report said, though it wasn't mentioned if it would be revealed publicly or behind closed doors only.

It also wasn't explicitly stated that this game was in development for the rumored new Xbox One or if it would also be playable on the existing model, which doesn't currently offer VR support. However, the suggestion is that it would be for the new one.

The name of the developer and game is behind held back for now, but Ars Technica says the company is a "well-known European studio" and the game is "set in the universe of an established, long-running franchise." That leaves open lots of possibilities.

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This game, whatever it is, will also launch for PC and PlayStation 4, according to the report. The game has the word "VR" in its working title.

According to Kotaku's report this week, the new Xbox One that Microsoft plans to launch in 2017 is "technically capable of supporting the Oculus Rift." This may have been foreshadowed by the partnership between Microsoft and Oculus, which paved the way for Xbox One controllers to be included with retail bundles of the VR device.

In March 2015, Xbox boss Phil Spencer teased that Microsoft's HoloLens augmented reality device doesn't prevent the company from getting into virtual reality in the future.

Back in 2013, Oculus Rift creator Palmer Luckey said the Xbox One and PS4 are "too limited" in their technical abilities to support his company's headset. Microsoft's reported new Xbox One is apparently four times as powerful as the existing model. Additionally, Sony's rumored PS4 Neo system is also described as being beefier than the current console.

Sony has been more upfront in its plans for VR, as it has confirmed the $400 PlayStation VR headset will launch this October. There will be 50-plus games coming out in the launch window, which runs from launch in October to the end of the year.

A leaked 56-page document from June 2012 suggested Microsoft was planning to offer augmented-reality glasses for the Xbox One. A mock-up of what this could look like was included the document; check out the image above.

Would you be interested in a VR-ready Xbox One? Let us know in the comments below. And keep checking back with GameSpot in the days and weeks ahead for more E3 news.

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Messenger360p

VR, meh....

Just give us games that work out the box please.

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XenomorphAlien

Damn, upgraded consoles and VR. Love it or hate it this gen is pretty interesting.

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XxAK47xX

@xenomorphalien: it sure

is

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Yams1980

the neo and this new xbox one have the power the consoles should have had to begin with. I feel bad for the people who fell for their tricks and bought the weak & broken launch versions. Doubt i'd buy any of them still though, their exclusives are crap rehashes of games that I never liked from last gen.

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Flyin3lvl

halo vr

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Megavideogamer

The new version of Xbox is 4 times as powerful as the current Xbox one console. I hope that Microsoft just goes all out with the new Xbox console so that it can run Oculus Rift VR headset. If Microsoft really works to make the newest Xbox console powerful and renames it Xbox Oculus or Xbox Scorpio and debuts it on November 22nd 2017. The Microsoft can have a fresh start and move on from the "curse" of the Xbox One. Since Microsoft really botched the launch of Xbox one. Partnering up with Oculus rift and having a more powerful Xbox Scorpio or Xbox Oculus with 4 or even 5 times as powerful as Xbox one. Could allow Microsoft a new beginning and recover from the awful launch of Xbox one.

So we shall see what the new Xbox console shall bring to the table. MS has a chance for a fresh start since 2017 will be five years since 2013. Xbox Oculus or Xbox Scorpio? Xbox brand needs a proper refresh

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Xristophoros

but one year ago, i thought hololens was the "thing"... hmmm, not anymore. that got dumped quick. you gotta follow what the big boys are doing i suppose :D

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dylan35

@Xristophoros: Augmented Reality! Get it right!

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Flyincloud1116

@Xristophoros: Flip flipping

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DaVillain-

@Xristophoros: HoloLens was never meant for gaming enthusiast, it's for field work like and I'll even admit, HoloLens has me interest how it performs but that price though 0_0

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sladakrobot

@Xristophoros: Its still a thing but not for gaming

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Xristophoros

@sladakrobot: ...and at the very least, not for a long time. the tech is even more premature than vr. maybe in 5 years time it will evolve into something more meaningful.

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spec24

@Xristophoros: It really sounds like you don't know much about Hololens or AR.

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DaVillain-

@sladakrobot: It has very little use for little games like Minecraft but however, I never played that game so I cannot comment on the game or it's use of HoloLens other then what we saw last years E3. Looks very cool though.

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Moonco

Let me look inside my bag of Microsoft quotes. Oh yes, here is a good one; "I don't think VR is a now thing" - Spencer, April 2015

My, how things have changed quickly....

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Chyld989

@Moonco: And in April 2015 it wasn't. But by 2017? Yeah, it probably will be a "now" thing. How is a company adapting to the current market a bad thing?

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Moonco

@Chyld989: VR was definitely a "now thing" back in 2015 if you look at it in terms of R&D. All these companies were designing VR along with MS who were making the compatible hardware to support this tech

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letsgame82

@Moonco: Spencer don't run shit over there, He's Microsofts little puppet even if it means contradicting himself sometimes but that's what they pay him for, to apologise for their bs moves and keep the peace.

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dlCHIEF58

@Moonco: And at that time it wasn't (and for many still isn't). Plus that was offered as his opinion, not an official Microsoft stance.

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Moonco

@kentray1985: Tell that to Valve, Oculus, Sony, McDonalds, Samsung and countless other companies making VR

.....and what is the deal calling people names all the time you big meanie lol

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boaconstricta

Aside from the fact that Oculus working with Xbone got announced last year, this is basically a leap based on the Ars Technica writer's suspicions.

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Bubba_666

I have a 360, XB1, PS4 and gaming rig, so I'm quite content, these companies aren't getting another cent from me anytime soon. Like 5 YEARS from soon. :) So who bloody cares.

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kentray1985

@bubba_666: Bump that, im getting rid of these old systems and bringing in the new ones. Its ok if you cant fork out the cash for the new hardware, some people cant. No need to stay in the past if you can enjoy the future, life is too short.

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Bubba_666

@kentray1985: I have plenty of cash, I'm just not a hardcore gamer. And after barely 4 years I don't consider that long enough between systems to be an investment. So nope, Maybe in 2020 or so.

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wtf_666

So buy another xb0ner....an Oculus....Kinect 3.0 AND Hololens. Sounds doable for most people.

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kentray1985

@wtf_666: The new Xone will more than likely come bundled with the Oculus Rift at a decent price.

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Spartan_418

@wtf_666: It's unclear to me why Eddie mentioned the 2012 AR glasses concept here, AR and HoloLens have nothing to do with the new rumors about Xbox One models.

As for Kinect, MS has almost completely abandoned it, and I'd expect new Xbone models to exclude the Kinect sensor and just pretend it never happened. If the new model supports Oculus Rift then it would probably also require the Rift's IR positional sensor, which would make Kinect sorta redundant.

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kentray1985

@Spartan_418: The kinect just wasnt accurate enough to use. The voice chat and the camera is what kept my Kinect plugged into my console.

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@Spartan_418: Id be interested to see if Kinect is used on the new Xbox for doing head and body tracking in VR. If they don't use it for that then its pretty safe to assume MS are abandoning it.

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Spartan_418

@pspearman: Would be tricky if the plan is to support the existing, first-gen Oculus Rift, which probably wasn't designed to be tracked by the Xbox One's Kinect sensor. Would likely need a new/modified Kinect, or a new Rift designed for the console, or both.

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Moonco

The McDonald's VR headset is the best money can buy. Don't care what the haters say....

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DaVillain-

@Moonco: But but all that fattening and that place makes my tummy hurt :(

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For the few that want VR. Rest of us will be just fine.

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boaconstricta

@gregglle: He's an Xbox fanboy.

Just like everything else concerning Xbox, he'll rapidly change his mind when Phil tells him it's good.

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Chyld989

@gregglle: 1) Rude.

2) So people that don't like the idea of VR should give it a chance rather than assuming everyone else is an idiot, but people that do like the idea of VR are allowed to assume everyone else is an idiot?

3) Some people have tried the recent VR headsets and still have no interest. I've tried the Rift, and if that ever becomes a required way to play games I will never play a new game, because it's just not an experience I enjoyed or think really benefits the game. Obviously my opinion isn't shared by everyone, so I hope it's successful enough to stick around for those that like it, just not successful enough where that's our only option in the future.

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And the fragmentation begins...

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suicidesn0wman

So, what are some of the 'well known European studios' with established 'long-running' franchises this could be referring to? I can think of Ubi, which makes sense since they have a strong relationship to MS, but who else? Most the rest have used their established franchise in the recent past, so it'd be too soon for a lot of them.

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skizzel

@suicidesn0wman: sea of thieves by rare

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gatsbythepig

@suicidesn0wman: My mind went straight to Assassin's Creed.

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gatsbythepig

@gatsbythepig: ... although, Far Cry could be a good fit too.

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suicidesn0wman

@gatsbythepig: I've got a few other ideas after doing some research. Crytek could have plans to bring Crysis to VR once they're done with their experimental games. I doubt it would be Rockstar North with a GTA game, but they fit the description. It could be Arkane with a VR Dishonored game, though I don't know if that counts as 'long-running'. It'd be too soon for a VR Witcher game from CDPR, Remedy could have a VR Alan Wake, but again not really 'long-running'.

The only non-ubi studio I can think of that fits every aspect of the vague descriptions, is Rebellion Studios with their Sniper Elite and Zombie Army franchises. Which now makes me sad. :(

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Chyld989

@suicidesn0wman: While it'd be too soon for a Witcher VR game it wouldn't surprise me if they were to consider adding VR to Cyberpunk.

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