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Okay Microsoft, We’ve Seen Shimmering 4K, Where’s VR?

Microsoft just revealed the specifications of their upcoming console called Project Scorpio. At E3 2016, Microsoft announced the direction they are heading in with the reveal and glimpse of their two latest consoles dubbed the Xbox One S and Project Scorpio. Microsoft launched the Xbox One S last year October and had it’s sales lead for quite a while until Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro came to the scene.

The VR Hype Starts To Fade

We knew for a fact that both gaming console giants have some amazing consoles upcoming that are aiming to provide the 4K gaming experience to the masses. Additionally, both consoles and brands broadly shifted towards the visual quality performance of these consoles with Sony actually offering free HDR upgrades through an update that allowed their 2013 PlayStation 4 to support HDR.

On the other hand, Microsoft also lead the same way with the release of the Xbox One S and kept HDR as an Xbox One S exclusive to lure in more customers. Alongside the reveal of the Xbox One S, Microsoft also announced their upcoming console, dubbed “Project Scorpio”. Head of the Xbox Division, Phil Spencer said at E3 2016:

“The next-step change for gamers and developers must deliver true 4K gaming and high-fidelity VR”

In a discussion with Stevior last year, he further added:

“We designed Scorpio as a VR-capable console. Whether that happens this year, next year, or the year after.”

Afterall, since VR was a focus at the time, Microsoft slowly faded the hype regarding VR on the Project Scorpio despite Sony being fully prepared for their PSVR launch.

In fact, Microsoft even removed the mention of VR from Project Scorpio’s website after a few months of E3 2016 which really meant something’s not right here.

There’s no doubt that Project Scorpio is capable to running VR, but their mindset definitely faded over time. We really expected Microsoft to give us at least a tease about VR, but that didn’t happen and was covered by the “uncompromised” 4K gaming experience promise Microsoft has going.

If we look back at Microsoft’s Project Scorpio Trailer, the Director of Bethesda Game Studios, Todd Howard did giveout a tease regarding Fallout coming out on VR. He said:

“We’re moving Fallout 4 to VR, and to have a console that can support that, at the resolution and speed that we really want, I think it’s gonna be magical.”

Taking a look at the output ports of the Scorpio really reveals a bit about the output options Project Scorpio comes with. According to the revealed internal illustrations Microsoft has been teasing along with Project Scorpio, there isn’t much we could make out of it.

There’s Hope

We really think that the idea of VR is still running as a project in the background for Scorpio. The lack of details, hype and additional features really leaves me skeptical about where VR is actually heading on Project Scorpio.

E3 2017 is coming, and we think this would be the time for Microsoft to unveil the game lineup for Project Scorpio. If that’s the case, all heads towards E3 2017. We hope to see more details about VR at E3.

Usman Abdul Jabbar

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