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Oculus Rift Includes Xbox One Controller; Xbox One Games Stream to Rift

Windows 10 allows you to stream Xbox One games to a Rift headset through your PC.


Update: Oculus also today announced its own VR controller, the Oculus Touch. You can read more about that here.

Original Story: The Oculus Rift headset will come with an Xbox One controller, and Xbox One owners will be able to stream their games to the Rift, it was revealed on Wednesday during Oculus VR's media briefing.

Oculus VR chief executive Brendan Iribe announced at today's press conference that, rather than provide a controller of its own, as was widely expected, the VR headset will come with an Xbox One controller and a wireless adapter for connecting it to your PC. This doesn't preclude the possibility that it will offer an alternative controller, but it appears the Xbox One controller will be the standard for now.

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Xbox boss Phil Spencer joined Iribe on the stage to explain that the Rift will offer native support for Windows 10, making it easy to use the device with the upcoming operating system.

More interesting was an expansion of the previously announced feature that will allow Windows 10 users to stream games from their Xbox One to a PC. Oculus Rift owners will be able to stream Xbox One games (through a PC) to the Oculus Rift headset. However, based on a very brief demo, it looks as if this won't offer a proper VR experience; you'll instead be playing games on a screen in a "virtual cinema."

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A video showing this with Forza Horizon 2 suggested all this does--besides put the video directly in front of your face--is add head-tracking support that allows you to adjust the camera by moving your head.

While this partnership might come as a surprise, keep in mind Microsoft has a stake in Facebook, which owns Oculus.

We'll have more details on all of this as they become available.

More stories from today's Oculus Rift E3 event follow below.

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