"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.