Microsoft rumored to be prototyping VR hardware for Xbox platform

A new report from the Wall Street Journal claims, via unnamed sources, that Microsoft is currently working on prototypes for virtual reality hardware that could be used to expand the company's Xbox gaming platform.

Microsoft's 2012 patent filing showed diagrams for augmented reality glasses.

The report says that Microsoft's VR prototypes will also incorporate augmented reality technology. This sounds similar to a patent that the company filed in 2012 for augmented reality glasses that Microsoft claimed could be used for multiplayer gaming. A leaked roadmap for the Xbox One that was released in 2012 also describes "Fortaleza", a set of 3D glasses that Microsoft claimed would offer a "breakthrough heads-up and hands-free" gaming experience.

Microsoft has been working on other ways to possibly expand the gaming experience, In 2013, Microsoft Research first showed off IllumiRoom, which projects images from a future Xbox console outside the TV screen into the living room. The company has not yet announced any plans to turn this research project into an actual product.

Virtual reality seems to be the new trend in gaming hardware, thanks to the possibilities that have been presented by the Oculus Rift device, which is still in development. Valve is also actively working on its own VR tech and Sony is rumored to be revealing a PlayStation 4 virtual reality helmet later today as part of its Game Developers Conference presentation in San Francisco. 

Source: WSJ | Image via Sony

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With all of these companies creating VR gear, I can see the world of "Ready player one." coming to fruition. Now if I can just find my old D&D modules, dig out the old 80's movies... I should be set. "The future's so bright, I gotta wear shades..." <-- another 80's reference.

not overly keen on a Rift competitor, but it'd be awesome to see a HUD type device for sure.. Imagine seeing your weapon Loudoun in your glasses, radar etc... and your TV just has the game

yes please

ZipZapRap said,
not overly keen on a Rift competitor
Why not? I would love to see more competition in this space. Drive quality up and prices down.

because the Rift doesn't interest me. I don't really want to be that immersed in a game.. I still want to see what's going on around me

OF COURSE Microsoft is prototyping this. OF COURSE!

That's because Sony (Playstation 4) has already announced and ready to RELEASE THEIRS!

THIS IS WHY,.....Microsoft can never be a tech leader. They are not an innovative company. They don't generate excitement and momentum.

This has been happening for years! Ultimate TV (Tivo), Zune (iPod), formerly Office Web Apps (Google Docs), Windows Phone OS (iPhone OS...now iOS), "Cortana" (Google Now), IE 7 (Firefox) and the list goes on and on and on.....

LOL...and people wonder why Microsoft can't get a hold of the consumer market?

VictorWho said,
OF COURSE Microsoft is prototyping this. OF COURSE!

That's because Sony (Playstation 4) has already announced and ready to RELEASE THEIRS!

THIS IS WHY,.....Microsoft can never be a tech leader. They are not an innovative company. They don't generate excitement and momentum.

This has been happening for years! Ultimate TV (Tivo), Zune (iPod), formerly Office Web Apps (Google Docs), Windows Phone OS (iPhone OS...now iOS), "Cortana" (Google Now), IE 7 (Firefox) and the list goes on and on and on.....

LOL...and people wonder why Microsoft can't get a hold of the consumer market?

You do know Microsoft filed a patent on this 2yrs ago right?... right?..... Since I've already seen Oculus Rift, I can say "THIS IS WHY SONY CAN'T (insert whatever rant here)

The 360 generated a ton of excitement and momentum...
And FireFox is ok (but a major resource hound to be a web browser)

"Microsoft can never be a tech leader"... smh... do some real research on what Microsoft does as a whole....

Microsoft is world leader in many parts of the tech industry... About 90% of the ATM's around the world use a variant of Windows

How about Microsoft's advancements in the robotics and medical industry...

And guess what, they do pretty darn good with Video Games too... I've had a OG Xbox, got a 360 and a One... and I'm not utterly disappointed in any of them

VictorWho said,
OF COURSE Microsoft is prototyping this. OF COURSE!

That's because Sony (Playstation 4) has already announced and ready to RELEASE THEIRS!

THIS IS WHY,.....Microsoft can never be a tech leader. They are not an innovative company. They don't generate excitement and momentum.

This has been happening for years! Ultimate TV (Tivo), Zune (iPod), formerly Office Web Apps (Google Docs), Windows Phone OS (iPhone OS...now iOS), "Cortana" (Google Now), IE 7 (Firefox) and the list goes on and on and on.....

LOL...and people wonder why Microsoft can't get a hold of the consumer market?

To live in your 'reality' must be quite interesting.

Microsoft has VR technologies going back to projects that literally used WinG around 1995. (You know, when they released the FIRST motion based gaming controller?)

They have VR patents from that period to now, go look them up.

Microsoft has supplied more VR tech to companies that became product than people realize. This isn't this first time at the rodeo, just because you haven't seen a piece of hardware with a Microsoft logo on it.

Wow...

(And Cortana, her heritage literally goes back to around 1992, and powered expensive voice automated business systems in the 90s using a phone 'attendant', with commands like "Make an appointment with this client for next Tuesday at 10:00am"

Why do people think Microsoft just sits around making Windows and Office? They are the freaking heart of most of the technology even the people that hate them are using.

VictorWho said,
OF COURSE Microsoft is prototyping this. OF COURSE!

That's because Sony (Playstation 4) has already announced and ready to RELEASE THEIRS!

THIS IS WHY,.....Microsoft can never be a tech leader. They are not an innovative company. They don't generate excitement and momentum.

LOL...and people wonder why Microsoft can't get a hold of the consumer market?

As mentioned above, Microsoft has been at the front of a lot of technology and software, but yes, other companies do better at times. That is life. To say they aren't a leader is insane at best.

Edited by Andrew, Mar 18 2014, 7:25pm :

microsoft does not want to release illumiroom as it would be too expensive ( read that somewhere) but I would be happy to pay a good $1500 for it

EvilAstroboy said,
microsoft does not want to release illumiroom as it would be too expensive ( read that somewhere) but I would be happy to pay a good $1500 for it

Exactly. It's a very unique experience.

That's not even that much, considering how much people spend on home theater systems these days.

$1500 will get you a decent tv, or a fairly good stereo, but I doubt it could get you an immersive gaming environment. =P Heck, even the racing setups are a grand or two for the chair, monitors and controlling equipment.

I'd rather have IllumiRoom.

Also I don't think VR is going to be as popular as these companies think it will be... there doesn't really seem to be any clamoring for that kind of tech outside sites like this, but I suppose it could be a hit if they bring something really compelling to the table.

spenser.d said,
I'd rather have IllumiRoom.

Also I don't think VR is going to be as popular as these companies think it will be... there doesn't really seem to be any clamoring for that kind of tech outside sites like this, but I suppose it could be a hit if they bring something really compelling to the table.

and it could be a combination of both.

este said,
Just worried that this will be too costly for the average consumer to purchase :\

wouldn't be to much, would say a good few $$ hundred, but got to pay for good stuff