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Phil Spencer hopes VR isn't the future of gaming.

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DerNebel said:

"I’ll say, obviously we have relationships with Valve, we have a relationship with Oculus around the VR work that they’re doing, but I’m going to say I kind of hope not. It doesn’t mean I don’t think VR has great experiences to offer. I think it does, and we’ll find those, and people will love playing those. I love playing games in my family room with my kids. I love people coming together and watching what’s happening on screen and laughing, and the kind of fun of what video games were always about. That doesn’t mean that can’t happen in a kind of socially connected VR environment, but to me it would be too bad if all gaming became people with head mounted displays on, headphones on, kind of blocked out from everything that happens. I do think there’ll be great experiences there, but just kind of for the sake of what gaming is, I don’t think that should be the only way people play."

Is he serious here? Gaming has been moving away from the whole playing/enjoying games together with other people that are physically in the same place for years now and Xbox has been on the forefront of that movement with Xbox Live.

Regarding on VR, I'm not sold on it (then again I haven't tried it) but I know people that are highly anticipating that stuff, we'll see how it goes. I think it's a huge question of price.

maybe in general but halo splitscreen is still one of the most played and iconic couch co-op experiences.

 

 

"Microsoft is in a unique position in the virtual reality (VR) space at the moment. The company seemingly doesn’t have its own head-mounted display (HMD) in the works.."

OT - the article really could have stopped right there.



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Oh I see that's why Xbox is the hub of local multiplayer.



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I can understand not wanting to get burned twice after Kinect. However if VR does change gaming, then they are left high and dry without a paddle. I expect to see half a dozen astro turfers in every VR thread taking a dump on it in the same way they did with Blueray, and we all know how that one worked out.

It has been pure embarrassment to listen to my Xbox friends go from laughing at VR and 40 year old virgins, with no life being the demographic. Then talking about all getting Occulus, when they thought it would actually work with XB1, back to hating VR now it is clear it won't. Same goes on a lot of forums, going the same direction in thought. VR will be the next evolution of gaming, and I have no doubt Microsoft will enter the VR market in a couple of years, and half the naysayers will suddenly be telling us it is the second coming.



kitler53 said:

maybe in general but halo splitscreen is still one of the most played and iconic couch co-op experiences.

 

 

No doubt they'll include it in the next Halo game then. Spencer LOVES the idea of people playing together on a couch. LIVE was always all about that.



 

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I don't think VR will replace traditional gaming but imo it will be the first "gimmick" that will come to stay.

Just the Waifu simulators like DOAX3 and Summer lesson will be enough to keep the market alive.



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The Fury said:
Yeah, Augmented Reality is the way to go, huh, Phil?





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kitler53 said:
DerNebel said:

"I’ll say, obviously we have relationships with Valve, we have a relationship with Oculus around the VR work that they’re doing, but I’m going to say I kind of hope not. It doesn’t mean I don’t think VR has great experiences to offer. I think it does, and we’ll find those, and people will love playing those. I love playing games in my family room with my kids. I love people coming together and watching what’s happening on screen and laughing, and the kind of fun of what video games were always about. That doesn’t mean that can’t happen in a kind of socially connected VR environment, but to me it would be too bad if all gaming became people with head mounted displays on, headphones on, kind of blocked out from everything that happens. I do think there’ll be great experiences there, but just kind of for the sake of what gaming is, I don’t think that should be the only way people play."

Is he serious here? Gaming has been moving away from the whole playing/enjoying games together with other people that are physically in the same place for years now and Xbox has been on the forefront of that movement with Xbox Live.

Regarding on VR, I'm not sold on it (then again I haven't tried it) but I know people that are highly anticipating that stuff, we'll see how it goes. I think it's a huge question of price.

maybe in general but halo splitscreen is still one of the most played and iconic couch co-op experiences.

 

 

"Microsoft is in a unique position in the virtual reality (VR) space at the moment. The company seemingly doesn’t have its own head-mounted display (HMD) in the works.."

OT - the article really could have stopped right there.

But Halo 5 won't have splitscreen...



OttoniBastos said:
I don't think VR will replace traditional gaming but imo it will be the first "gimmick" that will come to stay.

Just the Waifu simulators like DOAX3 and Summer lesson will be enough to keep the market alive.

i am not ashamed to say that is the biggest reason i'm considering getting psvr.    xD

 

either way i'm going to be late to show.  like with ps4 i'm waiting a minimum of 6 months to see how the market plays out before investing my money.  but summer lesson would be one of my first purchases for sure.



I hope it becomes part of it. just like fight stick for fighting games, mega drive for racing games and VR for On rail shooters i guess...



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GribbleGrunger said:
kitler53 said:

maybe in general but halo splitscreen is still one of the most played and iconic couch co-op experiences.

 

 

No doubt they'll include it in the next Halo game then. Spencer LOVES the idea of people playing together on a couch. LIVE was always all about that.

Well with OR PC streaming you can play together on a virtual couch!

Maybe Phil likes the setup in "Her" better, Illumiroom esque with Kinect and Cortana to fall in love with.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7MgbMI5zhw

Or does he prefer AR with hololens

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=is12anYx2Qs

Anyway what percentage of people play a game with other people watching them play it? At some point you grow out of the "Look at me" stage.