Nearly 18 months after it was first announced as a feature, Oculus Rift owners will soon be able to stream Xbox One games directly to their virtual reality headsets. The feature will arrive on December 12 as a free update to the Oculus Rift PC app.
The feature doesn’t turn Xbox One games into VR experiences, but instead lets you play them in front of a huge virtual screen in the headset, similar to how Netflix currently works. Of course, you’ll need an Xbox One and a stack of games to get started, as well as an Oculus Rift headset connected to a Windows 10 PC.
Minimum network requirements aren’t mentioned, but it’s fair to say that the best experience will probably be over Ethernet rather than Wi-Fi. Users also have the choice of viewing their virtual screen in one of three different environments: ‘Citadel’, ‘Retreat’ and ‘Dome’.
Microsoft has been pushing VR hard lately. The company is integrating 3D capabilities for virtual reality and augmented reality headsets in Windows 10 with the Creators Update and has partnered with companies like HP, Dell and Asus to create VR headsets under £250/$300. The system required to run those headsets should also be cheaper – early software builds only require DX12 integrated graphics.
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