So many doubts about this news.
Most of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2019 press conferences at the beginning of this month were completely devoid of virtual reality (VR) news, and this obviously included the Microsoft event. The company from Redmond showed a first look at its next-generation console, codenamed “Project Scarlett”, and this week there was a rumor that the console would supposedly support Oculus Rift S.
The rumor was launched by the guys in the Coffee & VR podcast, in which a trusted source in their Discord channel said that there might be a connection between Project Scarlett and Oculus Rift S. So far, nothing has been confirmed in any way and unlike the Xbox One X announcement at last E3 (Project Scorpio), in which VR was mentioned, Project Scarlett does not disclose this topic.
Now it’s a little strange to think about what can come of it, but on the other hand, why not? In fact, now it makes much more sense (or in 2020, when the console should exit), than in 2016. You will ask why? Well, look at it this way: the previous Oculus Rift needed at least three USB ports for the headset and all sensors. Now that the Oculus Rift S has gotten the external tracking system, all this is no longer a problem, plus the fact that Project Scarlett will come with a DisplayPort connector, which the Oculus Rift S already has.
And then there remains a small question with the PlayStation VR. Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) not only gained a big advantage over Microsoft with its successful headset, but also confirmed that the PlayStation VR will be supported by the PlayStation 5. It is possible that the Xbox will not want to miss such a part of the market. The proprietary platform Microsoft Windows Mixed Reality has not gone away, adding to the list of new devices, such as HP Reverb. By adding compatibility with Oculus Rift S, the VR industry will not have to catch up, especially if all titles are ported or cross-platform with the option of cross-buying. In addition, it will strengthen the connection with the PC, due to compatibility with the Xbox Game Pass.
However, much of this was discussed earlier, mainly because of an interesting Oculus deal with Microsoft, in which the Xbox One controllers came with the original Oculus Rift.
If this turns out to be a reality, then additional information may appear during Oculus Connect 6 (OC6) in September. With the launch of the double headset, which took place in May, it is unlikely that Oculus will mention the new equipment, but usually there is some big announcement at each event.
If this happens, VRcue will let you know.