Xbox head Phil Spencer seemingly ruled out the possibility of a VR headset for the next-gen line-up in February of last year, but now? A new update message seems to indicate that Microsoft has something cooking that it’s keeping under its sleeve.
One user, installing a new Xbox Wireless Headset, got a message that read: “Il visore VR deve essere aggiornato” which translates, “The VR headset needs to be updated.” Given that Xbox doesn’t have an official VR headset in the market, this is a weird pop-up to get, one that can’t be an accident.
Either it’s a fake on the part of the uploader or it’s a slip-up on Microsoft’s end where it may be rolling out updates to Xbox’s UI to incorporate a VR headset before it’s announced and subsequently launched. It being a hoax seems unlikely, however, as the uploader was an IGN writer.
“In the image you see [above], which I took while installing the new Xbox Wireless Headset for the first time, there is a clear reference to what could be a future project,” Giovanni Marrelli writes, “Once the USB-C / USB-A cable is inserted from the headset to the console, a message from the operating system informs that ‘The VR headset needs to be updated’.”
This is repeated with the messages, “An update for the VR headset is available” and “Update VR headset.” Perhaps with Sony’s amping up of the PSVR’s successor and Oculus’ own success, Phil Spencer has changed his mind, snapping from: “I understand certain people would want that, [but] we have to focus our efforts on the things we’re doing right now. VR is not as simple as plugging in your headset; you have to redo the dash, like there’s a bunch of work that goes into it,” to finally seeing the potential in the medium and deciding to delve in and undertake that extra work.
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James Troughton is a writer at TheGamer. He’s worked at the Nintendo-based site Switchaboo and newspaper TheCourierOnline and can be found on Twitter @JDTroughton.
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