VR will be in full force in 2017 if the claims by one research study group proves to be true. In a virtual reality research study conducted by Juniper Research, reports that VR will likely grow to over $50 billion by 2021 were made. While the research firm expects mobile VR to be the major contributor in volume, it also expects a boost from console manufacturers such as Sony with PlayStation VR and interestingly enough, Microsoft with the Project Scorpio Xbox One. A part of the research document summary had this to say,
This rapid growth will arise from a widespread adoption of VR by smartphone users, and the high unit prices commanded by headsets for PCs and consoles. The market will be triggered by the launch of PlayStation VR this October, and Microsoft’s Project Scorpio in 2017 – offering compatibility with the Oculus Rift. Consoles strike a balance between computing power and cost, providing high-end specs without many of the additional costs unlike PC VR, and offer a better quality experience than smartphone VR. – Juniper Research
According to this research document, Oculus Rift will be the headset of choice when the more powerful Xbox One codenamed Project Scorpio comes out next year. When Project Scorpio was announced at E3 2016, Microsoft did say that the console will be VR ready but made no mention of what headset it would support. Whether it was their own headset they’d be making, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, or another was up in the air. It’s not hard to imagine considering the major PC parity push that Microsoft is making with the Xbox One ecosystem.
Oculus’ annual conference, Connect, is happening right now but no announcements were officially made from either side. If these claims are true, this could put Microsoft on the map in a large way.
What do you think? Do you think the Rift is coming to Project Scorpio? Would you want a modified version of the headset? A new one? A different headset altogether? Sound off in the comments below!