Don’t hold out for Xbox Scarlett VR for the next-generation of consoles as Xbox Boss Phil Spencer claims the company is not focusing on that area of gaming. 

Despite a growing popularity of VR games, especially with Oculus Quest and Half-Life: Alyx, Microsoft will not be incorporating virtual reality into Xbox Ecosystem.

In an interview with Stevior, Spencer explained that they don’t feel the VR experience is in a good enough place for Xbox consumers.

“I have some issues with VR,” Spencer said. “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.”

“The vast majority of our customers know if they want a VR experience, there’s places to go get those. We see the volumes of those on PC and other places.”

That doesn’t mean that Xbox won’t support VR sometime in the future; the company might support that area of gaming should it become more profitable.

“Nobody’s selling millions and millions [of headsets],” Spencer said. “I think we might get there [eventually],” Spencer concluded. “But yeah, that’s not where our focus is.”

But that doesn’t make up for Microsoft’s previous statement that Xbox One X would not only support VR but also be a fantastic platform for it. With Microsoft backing Oculus and Windows Mixed Reality on PC, it’s bizarre that there’s no compatibility with Xbox consoles.

Instead, Spencer updated his thoughts on Xbox VR: originally saying that the platform would become available when VR games don’t feel like “demos and experiments”, Spencer has rectified his statement.

“I don’t love my quote there because I’m not trying to demean the work that people are doing in VR,” Spencer said.

Xbox Scarlett VR would be amazing, but we doubt it’ll happen.

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