Off late, the news that has been breaking the internet and the world of gaming is the fact that Microsoft has decided to partner up with Oculus, the leading name in the world of VR and Virtual Reality tech.
With Oculus and XBOX One now on the same page, it brings together two of the biggest names in tech closer – Facebook and Microsoft.
However, the XBOX – Oculus partnership is much bigger than what most expect it to be as this is the strategy of the XBOX developers to ensure that they have a massive advantage.
They would first like to give the gamers a taste of VR and how it feels like while their own VR/AR device is under developmental stages.
Once the HoloLens is good to go, the future of gaming will change forever.
However, all that aside, GamesBeat recently conducted an interview with Phil Spencer, and here are the excerpts from it where he comments on what the XBOX – Oculus partnership means for them and what is the future like.
GamesBeat: How did you come to this deal?
Phil Spencer: Oculus went through the whole investigation early on. They still think we’re at the beginning of what VR is about. I’ve known Brendan Iribe and Jason Rubin and these guys for years.
It was a great opportunity to partner with somebody who’s a leader here. We can continue to take feedback from all the VR companies around what we need to do in Windows to make sure that it’s great for these guys.
Ted and all the developers building games on the platform they’ve known for years, they’ll be able to build VR versions of those games.
It also allows us to focus on a space that’s different, AR, with HoloLens, where we have a lot of things still to figure out. And we can focus on Xbox and Windows. It seemed like the right move for me when we talked to the Xbox team about this.
The whole HoloLens team sent me a picture. They watched the briefing with the HoloLens on, streaming this picture on the wall. It’s the most surreal collision of memes. But they’re all really excited about this show.
GamesBeat: Can you talk about what motivated you to do this partnership?
Spencer: The real motivation — I go back to our origins with Windows, when there were software companies and hardware companies doing real innovative work on top of the platform. That’s a good spot for us to be with Windows, supporting these ecosystems that grow up.
Some of them we’ll participate in with go-to-market products. HoloLens is one of those. Xbox is one of those. Other opportunities, it’s best to find people who are doing amazing work and say, “What can we do to help you guys be more successful with your product on our platform?”
That’s where we are with them. I’ve known Brendan for years. I’ve known Jason and the team here, both Jasons. It was a natural because of the relationships.
In the collaboration that’s been going on for a while, it’s been nice to see the progress. The teams are working hand in hand. It’s great to be able to come out here on stage. It was a little unclear, with E3 next week, whether I was going to get to do this. I probably wasn’t as prepared as I should have been. But it was fun to come do this with them.
With the E3 conference happening in just 24 hours from now, it is getting even more exciting than ever before. What are your expectations from this partnership? Comment below and let us know!