Xbox One owners will very shortly be able to play their games in a virtual environment via the Oculus Rift.
On December 12th a free Oculus app will be released that will allow owners to access their entire Xbox One library. Note that this does not make the games VR compatible as such – instead, users are able to play the titles in a simulated environmental as if they were on a big screen.
Three locations are included – the Citadel, Retreat and Dome. The app is limited to consoles and PCs connected to the same network.
Xbox and Oculus have long been partners. The Rift already ships with an Xbox One controller in the box.
That’s not to say Microsoft doesn’t have its own VR aspirations, of course. The platform holder recently revealed that a whole range of VR headsets from an assortment of manufacturers are on the way for Windows, and just this week it confirmed the minimum requirements.
Potential owners will need a PC packing a DirectX 12 compatible graphics card, a four-core CPU (or hyperthreaded twin core), 4GB of RAM and a USB 3.0 port. That’s a fair step down from the requirements needed to run something like Rift or HTC Vive.
Prices for Windows VR headsets will start at $299.
The next question is when Xbox One will finally get a headset of its own of compatibility with any existing devices…