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Xbox is leaving VR to gaming PCs and Sony’s PS5 as “nobody’s asking for VR”

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VR will not be a focus of Xbox’s next-gen console, Project Scarlett. Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, has confirmed that money, user experience, and audience demand have convinced the team behind its next-gen console to put VR on the back burner for the time being – despite Sony’s successful PlayStation VR gambit.

Over at X019, speaking with Stevivor (via Nibel), Spencer said that its audience doesn’t associate the Xbox brand with virtual reality – it’s never released a VR product – and nor do they expect it to release a headset anytime soon. That and, as Spencer points out, “nobody’s selling millions of millions” of VR headsets.

“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 are places to go get those. We see the volumes of those on PC and other places.”

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