Microsoft will need the support of the greater VR development community if its new Windows 10 Mixed Reality VR headsets are to succeed when they launch later this year, but what about potential first-party content too? That’s in the works already, the company assures.
Speaking to GameSpot, Microsoft general manager Dave McCarthy stated that “several” of the company’s first-party studios are working on content for the headsets, which are made in partnership with companies like Acer, Dell, and Asus.
“I would say developers are still finding their way to define the killer experience there, which is great at this point in its evolution overall,” McCarthy said. “We believe in it enough that we have several of our first-party studios actually working on content for our Windows 10 devices. We’ll have more to talk about later this year on that.”
That might mean that some big developers that have made some of the best Xbox games are working on new content for these devices. Microsoft-owned studios include 343 Industries, which works on the Halo series, Forza developer Turn 10, and Gears of War 4 studio The Coalition. We’d love to see VR content from any one of these studios or others like Rare. In fact one studio, Mojang, already worked on VR when it brought Minecraft to the Oculus Rift last year.
The question is if this content could then later come to Xbox One X, Microsoft’s improved console that’s set to support VR in some form later down the line.
Microsoft has in the past assured us that its Mixed Reality headsets will very much be entertainment devices when they launch later this year, so we can expect a line-up of games to be ready for the device. With first-parties working on the kit, however, we’re far more intrigued to see what’s on the way. Halo VR, anyone?