VR Headset Oculus Rift Enters Into Partnership With Microsoft

By June 12, 2015

Oculus VR has entered into a partnership with Microsoft to offer the software and hardware giant’s peripherals with the anticipated VR headest when it finally hits stores.

According to IGN, Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe talked about the massive importance of shipping the virtual reality display with a traditional controller, and the device that the headset will ship with is a wireless Xbox One controller. Head of Xbox Phil Spencer also discussed the partnership, and the unique capabilities that the Oculus Rift will have in working with Microsoft’s upcoming revision to their popular operating system, Windows 10.

The opportunity for us to bring our wireless controller, the one that we’ve spent so many years refining, to every Oculus user at launch is incredibly exciting for us. The Rift will natively work with Windows 10. And we all know that VR experiences require the highest performance, and with Direct X 12, we believe we’ll be able to create state of the art virtual reality experiences on top of Windows.

Additionally, Spencer announced that the Oculus Rift will have additional functionality for Xbox One console owners, in that it will allow games to be streamed from the console directly to the Rift itself. This was already a touted feature of Windows 10, but will likely entice an entirely other segment of gamers to perhaps give the Oculus Rift a try. Games confirmed to be compatible with this feature were Halo (though Spencer didn’t specify between The Master Chief Collection or the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians) and Sunset Overdrive.

Last year at the Game Developers’ Conference, Sony also unveiled their own virtual reality headset called “Project Morpheus,” that will be compatible with the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation Camera peripheral for that console. Both the Oculus Rift and Sony’s Project Morpheus are slated for release in the first quarter of 2016, but we’ll likely be getting news on both devices next week at E3. For more on the future of virtual reality, keep it locked on GeekNation!

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.
  • David Black

    Great news! i really cannot wait to get to play xbox games on the oculus rift, WOW!

  • Daniel

    Awesome, the future of gaming is extremely exciting indeed, am so glad I am alive to experience it!

  • Katey

    wow its a great time to be alive

  • Michelle

    imagine if the Xbox started shipping the rift as standard, that would just be too good : D

  • Andy Spears

    2015 and virtual reality is now a common thing. We are living in a Geeks world folks, embrace it and love it, and don’t get left behind!

  • RogerSmiles

    This is amazing! I knew about the Oculus Rift, but i didn’t fully comprehend the extent of its powers until today! This is what I will be saving up for next year! 🙂

  • tommymadden3

    I need to get back into gaming seriously again!