Xbox's Spencer: Scarlett isn't VR-focused, the audience is on PC

Xbox's Spencer: Scarlett isn't VR-focused, the audience is on PC

The head of Xbox Phil Spencer has said that the company's forthcoming Project Scarlett console will not feature VR functionality.

Speaking to, the Microsoft exec said that its console gamers are not looking for a virtual reality experience on its hardware and that the tech is antithetical to the kind of "communal" feeling that he feels games are about.

Spencer said that the audience for VR is on "PC and other places."

This is in stark contrast to console rival Sony, who has been pushing virtual reality with its own PlayStation VR hardware which launched back in 2016.

“I have some issues with VR – it’s isolating and I think of games as a communal, kind of together experience. We’re responding to what our customers are asking for and… nobody’s asking for VR,” Spencer said.

“The vast majority of our customers know if they want a VR experience, there’s places to go get those. We see the volumes of those on PC and other places.”

Xbox announced Project Scarlett at E3 this year

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Alex Calvin launched in August 2017 and has been its editor since. Prior to this, he was deputy editor at UK based games trade paper MCV and content editor for marketing and events for London Games Festival 2017. His work has also appeared in Eurogamer, The Observer, Kotaku UK, Esquire UK and Develop.


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