Project Scoprio will definitely support virtual reality gaming, but Microsoft has already said it will hit the market only in 2018.
We had however expected to hear more about it at E3 starting soon, but according to Microsoft Technical Fellow Alex Kipman Microsoft was currently “focused on developing mixed reality experiences for the PC, not on the console,” and that E3 will be focussed on 4K gaming rather than VR.
It is widely believed that Microsoft’s new Mixed Reality headsets produced by partners like Acer and HP, expected to be released at the end of the year, will be compatible with Project Scorpio, but Alex Kipman did drop a tantalizing hint that there may be more to the VR story on Project Scorpio than a Dell headset.
He noted that it was Microsoft’s “belief that console VR should be wireless”, raising speculation that Microsoft may release a Scorpio-specific wireless headset for the console. We believe this would not preclude the OEM headsets from working, but this may form the second tier at a much higher cost above this.
Long time readers may recall that the HoloLens started in the Xbox division as Fortaleza Glasses, and a similar untethered headset for gamers would finally fulfil the original vision for the device.
Unfortunately, it appears we will be waiting some time to find out more unless the inevitable leaks reveal more first.