Facebook Inc’s (NASDAQ:FB) Oculus has announced that it has partnered with Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) Xbox to bring games to its virtual reality headset Rift. Every Oculus Rift headset will include a Xbox One wireless controller along with a few VR games.
Currently, Oculus has revealed three games that the VR headset will support: “Chronos,” a third-person role-playing game, “Eve Valkyrie,” a first-person shooter game, and a Rift exclusive “edge of Nowhere.” Apart from games, Microsoft will provide native support to the Rift when it ships in early 2016. Oculus already supports Grand theft Auto V that offers an immersive gaming experience.
Though VR gaming could offer a completely new experience, it will have certain limitations in the case of fighting games like Mortal Kombat X. Isometric shooting games like Hatred and turn-based games like XCOM will also have nothing to gain from VR compatibility. Earlier, Microsoft promised a new gaming experience through Kinect 2.0, which did not go well, and had to sell the console without the sensor.
Oculus has revealed that the touch controllers are still in the prototype stage, and are ready for the demonstration at the E3 conference in Los Angeles. Facebook-owned Oculus believes that the partnership with Microsoft will be short-term as it does not fit into its long-term strategy. However, for the time being it is likely to benefit both parties.
Windows games in the Oculus is expected to provide a whole new gaming experience as the direct support of the company is involved. Microsoft is set to face competition from Sony’s Project Morpheus and HTC’s Valve Vive project that has been designed with inputs from Steam. Even if Microsoft fails to impress users in VR gaming, there is a chance for others to get it right. The Oculus Rift will be available in the first quarter of 2016.
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