Microsoft to Reveal Xbox VR Headset at E3 2015 - Report

Long-rumored device to finally be shown off during next summer's tradeshow, according to sources.


Microsoft's rumored Fortazela concept
Microsoft's rumored Fortazela concept

[UPDATE 2] A Microsoft spokesperson told GameSpot, "We have nothing to share concerning these reports."

[UPDATE] VRFocus and Techradar report that several game studios have received Xbox One VR development kits. None of the studios were named, unfortunately.

The original story is below.

Microsoft will reveal its long-rumored Xbox virtual reality headset device during the company's E3 2015 briefing next summer, according to a new Digitimes report that cites "upstream supply chain" sources. The summer tradeshow is scheduled for June 16-18, 2015.

The site's sources went on to say that development on the Xbox VR headset, which will presumably work with the Xbox One, will be handled by the same team that runs Microsoft's Surface tablet line. A name for the device was not mentioned.

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Microsoft's Xbox VR headset is separate from its Google Glass-like "Fortazela" project, which first leaked in June 2012. Digitimes adds that development on this project (pictured, top) is ongoing, though no further details about features or functionality are available.

Microsoft has been open in saying that virtual reality is something the company has been experimenting with for a long time now.

Competitor Sony announced its own virtual reality device, Project Morpheus, during GDC in March 2014, though the company hasn't said when it plans to launch the PlayStation 4 device or what it will cost. Meanwhile, the Facebook-owned Oculus Rift headset is also deep into development for PC.

Microsoft's mysterious VR project has been in development for years, and the company even gave a demonstration of the tech to Strauss Zelnick, CEO of Grand Theft Auto parent publisher Take-Two Interactive.

We have reached out to Microsoft for comment on this report, and will update this post with anything we hear back.

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