Microsoft has confirmed that they will not be showing off any virtual reality tech for Project Scorpio at E3, or any time soon.
As soon as Project Scorpio was announced everyone assumed that Microsoft would be using the extra power of the beefed-up Xbox One to run some kind of VR and/or AR headset (what Microsoft refers to as ‘mixed reality’).
Xbox boss Phil Spencer hinted as much to us when we spoke to him at E3 2016, and then in March this year Microsoft confirmed that VR would be coming to the ‘Xbox One family of devices’ in 2018. But that doesn’t mean it’ll be shown at E3 next week.
‘Our primary focus is making our mixed reality experiences a success on Windows 10 PCs,’ Microsoft’s Alex Kipman told website Polygon.
‘We believe that right now a Windows PC is the best platform for mixed reality as its open ecosystem and enormous installed base offer the best opportunity for developers, and Windows offers the most choices for consumers.’
‘Windows has been the birthplace of a variety of technologies, and we believe this will hold for mixed reality too’, added Kipman.
‘Given the efforts we have underway on Windows for mixed reality, and our belief that console VR should be wireless, right now we are focused on developing mixed reality experiences for the PC, not on the console.’