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Oculus Virtual Reality Announces Partnership with Microsoft

The Oculus Rift is shaping up to be the first, true virtual reality headset that actually catches on with mainstream audiences.

With just three days left until the start of E3, virtual reality company Oculus VR announced a new partnership with Microsoft.

The partnership will come in the many forms, first of which will be a pack in with the virtual reality headset. Company CEO Brendan Iribe told attendees that the headset would come bundled with a wireless Xbox One controller for games that will use traditional input methods.

It was also announced that the VR headset is said to work out of the box with the Windows 10 platform which is due July 29. It will also work natively with several Xbox One games including racing simulation Forza Motorsport 6, last year’s Sunset Overdrive and the highly anticipated Halo 5.

Microsoft Game Studios head and President of the company’s Xbox division Phil Spencer delved more into why the new partnership is a great move for the Xbox brand as a whole.

“The opportunity for us to bring our wireless controller, the one we’ve spent so many years refining, to every Oculus user at launch is incredibly exciting for us,” Spencer said. “We believe we’ll be able to create state of the art virtual reality experiences on top of Windows.”

The Oculus Rift technology has been impressing critics left and right for almost three years now. While attempts at creating virtual reality tech have been made several times in the past three decades, the hardware has never been able to fully realized it’s potential until now. In 2013, programming legend John Carmack joined the Oculus Rift team. Just last year, the technology was acquired by social media giant Facebook.

The Rift has started an industry wide trend. Big name companies including Samsung, who has already released their headset, and Sony, who’s unveiled their VR headset Project Morpheus at the Game Developer Conference this year, are jumping into the recent tech trend. Just today, Google announced they acquired audio VR application Thrive, hoping to expand their research on the developing tech.

Oculus Rift is scheduled to release in early 2016. We can expect more details about the partnership and the device’s future next week at E3.

 

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