When the Xbox One X—known at that time as Project Scorpio—was first announced, one of its advertised features was the ability to support VR. Things haven’t exactly gone according to plan since then. CNET reports that while an Xbox VR headset was in development, it has since been shelved in the hopes that better technology will soon come along, according to two people familiar with the company’s plans.
Microsoft apparently tried finding partners over the years the develop such a headset, and while the physical hardware designs were appealing, the software was lacking. Though its screen quality specs “were considered good,” they weren’t up to snuff with what Oculus Rift and HTC Vive had to offer.
As of E3 2018, Xbox execs have stated that the company doesn’t currently have any VR headsets in the works. If the right technology comes along, it would be reasonable to assume the plans that were shelved will be picked back up in some form.
Virtual reality has come along way, just not enough for Xbox’s liking.