According to new rumours Microsoft is working on multiple ‘virtual reality devices’ for the Xbox One, as anticipation mounts for the PS4 headset.
Sony is widely expected to unveil their answer to Oculus Rift tonight, at the Games Developer Conference (GDC) in San Francisco.
The VR headset has been rumoured for years and is described by Edge sources as ‘far superior’ to the initial prototype of Oculus Rift and comparable to the newer Crystal Cove devkit.
There seems little question that Sony is working on a headset, but although tonight looks likely for a reveal its debut was already postponed twice last year.
Rumours regarding an equivalent for the Xbox One have always focused on AR goggles similar to Google Glass, but according to The Wall Street Journal Microsoft also has a second project that is closer in nature to Sony’s headset.
Or maybe not, even the newspaper report itself seems confused, although at one point it does claim that the second project is being developed in parallel with Fortaleza – the codename for the Google Glass style device.
The confusion seems to hinge on the fact that both projects involve augmented reality, but that can be done in a number of ways – including via a more traditional virtual reality headset.
What isn’t rumoured is when Microsoft might unveil any of this, and it sounds very much like they’re experimenting with multiple ideas while they try to narrow things down to just one headset.
Or maybe they’ll release multiple devices and just confuse the hell out of customers, which to be honest is often the way video games industry tends to do things.
source: metro UK