Oculus Announces Partnership With Microsoft

Oculus had a pre-E3 conference today where they announced they will partner with Microsoft in releasing the Oculus Rift. IGN was there to cover the story and share the news.

The Oculus Rift will reportedly come with an Xbox One controller and an adaptor for PCs. Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe emphasized the necessity of using a gamepad with the VR headset, so partnering with Microsoft and using their newest controller is a great move. Head of Xbox Phil Spencer was also there to talk about the partnership and the controller bundle, stating “The opportunity for us to bring our wireless controller, the one that we’ve spent so many years refining, to every Oculus user at launch is incredibly exciting for us.”

The Oculus Rift will natively work on the upcoming Windows 10 and make full use of the capabilities of DirectX 12. Additionally, Phil Spencer announced that Xbox One games will be able to stream to the Oculus Rift. Games like Forza and Halo were said to be compatible, so it is currently unclear if this will work with all Xbox One games.

Considering Oculus is owned by Facebook, this was an interesting announcement. Nonetheless, it has me very excited as an Xbox One owner. I think it would be really cool to use a Rift while playing a game like Halo or even Guitar Hero Live with the new first-person perspective. What do you think? Sound off in the comments and stay tunes for more E3 coverage!