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Microsoft: We’re willing to “see how the VR space evolves”

Sony officially announced its Project Morpheus virtual reality headset last night, and plenty of other companies have been following Oculus' lead into the VR and/or augmented reality spaces at GDC. In that light, many observers are now eagerly watching for any hints of similar plans from Microsoft beyond the already rumored head-mounted display.

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The_Infected1251d ago (Edited 1251d ago )

Watch and learn Microsoft. Either way I think VR will take off.

Hatsune-Miku1251d ago

Microsoft: we dont take risks so we'll wait to see if vr can be successfully then probably support it

Naga1251d ago (Edited 1251d ago )

Really? Microsoft doesn't take risks?

E3 2013 would like to have a word with you.

Naga1251d ago (Edited 1251d ago )

^^^ I didn't think it would be necessary to explain that, but seeing how the comment is getting loads of disagrees:

Microsoft took enormous risks in choosing an always-online model as well as mandating Kinect inclusion. Those were very, very risky decisions, and the violent backfire we all witnessed coming out of E3 2013 just goes to prove that. Look at any of their decisions which have drawn ire or failed altogether (HD-DVD, Zune, etc.), and ask yourself whether they were risky choices.

webeblazing1251d ago (Edited 1251d ago )

this is ms they do everything business wise. this isnt nothing new. i would be surprised if the experimented with vr too. ms always do experiments but theyre not much of the risk taker. they follow the trends not matter if theyre in the market or not. its a bad habit because the could of made a ton of money by taking a leap of faith.

everything that makes sense that the should of been doing ms dont do. we could go on about this. zune too late. phones, ms should of been launched their own cell phone, but too late again and settle for windows os on phone. pc gaming, lets not go there. tablet even though they was on table for business settings before they was use like we use them today, they should been on it, too late.

yea they dont take risks. its risks involve with business, but ms has a habit of letting great opportunities pass them by. its maybe why their company so successful.

your right about the always on line i wonder how it was going to work. it was a risk but ms do thing to make money. they are a business but they kinda go to the extreme. if they did that they would made a killing just like they did on xblive. i still dont get how they got away with xblive. just like who would of brought a zune.

TheGreatAndPowerful1251d ago

They've got nothing in the works. lol

"There's always lots of rumors about lots of things," he told Ars. "We patent lots of things. As you know, Microsoft Research does a lot of stuff. You patent stuff to protect the IP in the event you ever want to work on stuff in the future, but it shouldn't be [a] telltale [sign] that anything specific is in development."

BitbyDeath1251d ago

@Naga, is that really a risk though?

When the outcome of said strategy is to benefit solely yourself over the bodies of your consumers then it starts to sound more like greed which simply backfired.

Septic1251d ago

Lol at MS doesn't take risks. Wow. And you lot agreed with that knowledgeable chap. Smh. Yeah bundling the camera with the console, trying to push for a digital future etc wasn't risky was it? Sigh..

UltraNova1251d ago

'We are willing..'

One wonders what would happen if they weren't willing..

Total VR endeavors meltdown? Maybe??

Oh MS I'm so tired of your smack attitude.

Hellsvacancy1251d ago (Edited 1251d ago )

E32013 wasn't a risk, it was a mistake, big difference Septic, a risk you see through to the end, a mistake you correct

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stuna11251d ago (Edited 1251d ago )

This is the exact same stance they took with Blu Ray! Now look at them.

@AceBlazer13

I'll tell you where we would be! Still stuck in the Stone Age, eating Bronto Burger, frying Teradactal Eggs, driving our stone cars using foot power.

Naga1251d ago (Edited 1251d ago )

... Except with Blu Ray, Microsoft took a strong stance in support of its competitor, HD-DVD. This situation is completely different.

stuna11251d ago

@Naga

Yes they did, and them taking the side of HD DVD didn't help it survive did it? My point is even though Microsoft was sleeping with the enemy, their actions didn't affect the outcome of either disc format! And now this gen who has a Blu Ray drive in their machine!? Microsoft.

morganfell1251d ago

@Naga,

Yes they did. And numerous companies lost money when MS cut and run. Look how many people were left with a $179 doorstop that used to connect to their 360. Look how many people purchased HD DVDs that now no longer play in anything else.

Naga1251d ago (Edited 1251d ago )

@ stuna1 & morganfell

You guys are misunderstanding my point. It doesn't matter whether HD-DVD was a good choice, or how the format wars turned out.

The point is that Stuna1 said that this was the exact same stance they took with Blu Ray, when it isn't at all. With Blu Ray, they took a stance in direct competition with Sony's medium of choice. Here, Microsoft is just sitting it out with a wait-and-see approach. That could be a bad decision, but that wouldn't change the fact that their actions are very, very different than they were in dealing with/against Blu Ray during the format wars.

beerzombie1251d ago

No that's not true Blu-ray was expensive and they wanted or really needed to jump ahead of Sony who just sold 100 million plus ps2's. These large corporations work together all the time. so they went with cheaper dvd and they sold 80 million plus which is fantastic.
I do not think no other company could have really competed with Sony or Nintendo. people keep saying they came in third all the time but if third place is 80 million I think they will be happy do this again and agian.

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sak5001251d ago

MS pls stick to kinect much better than putting on stupid face mask making you look like an idiot. VR will fail as it's a very niche market. If it was so cool why didn't it become successful in arcade, other consoles and the those media playing goggles?

You $ony lovers just jump at every POS item sony dishes out and dont even buy it and then it's relegated to the back of the store with all the wands, eyetoys etc.

Highlife1250d ago

"MS pls stick to kinect much better than putting on stupid face mask making you look like an idiot."

I don't know about you but I don't game in front of a crowd so who the hell cares what I look like.

jackdaniels1251d ago

unlikely, VR has been pushed a few times over the years and no one is really interested, that and it makes you want to puke after a few minutes.

NOT INTERESTED

Highlife1250d ago

The technology couldn't support it properly then. Tunes have changed I guess you are not ready.

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Paulie_gualtieri1251d ago

One thing i don't like about MS.Rarely willing to take a risk and try something bold.

They typically wait for someone else to break the mold and set the standard, then they buy their way in.

JBSleek1251d ago

As opposed to if VR doesn't take off right now and they wasted time and money into the resources that aren't ready to be adopted by mainstream.

MS is a software company first and foremost.

Paulie_gualtieri1251d ago

"As opposed to if VR doesn't take off right now"

Not my point.I'm saying they would Never be bold enough to be a leader in this forefront to begin with.

"MS is a software company first and foremost."
..who also happen to have a dedicated console hardware team with a massive R&D budget.And look where they put that budget with Xbox one.

I can switch between my tv and games on a single hdmi!

so bold!

LOGICWINS1251d ago

Which makes sense?

If someone tries something new and it flops, I wouldn't want to be that dumbass who invested all that R&D money.

Hardware is only a good as the software running on it...and as far as software, we know next to nothing. I'll get excited about VR when I see something to get excited about.

AceBlazer131251d ago

Now if every company had that mentality where would we be?

JBSleek1251d ago

Not a response to you logic.

"Now if every company had that mentality where would we be?"

Many companies do that and fail. More companies fail than they do succeed with this indeed mentality. It makes sense for MS a SOFTWARE company to wait and see what VR is and whether people want it. They do take risks. Calculated risks.

JoGam1251d ago

Sorry buddy but MS did take some huge bold risk. Did you forget all of 2013? Did you forget all those risk MS took just to change them when it backlashed. Its great that a company take risk but it even better when they learn from the mistakes of the risk.

Paulie_gualtieri1251d ago (Edited 1251d ago )

How did they take a risk when they didn't commit?They had a bold vision of a an all digital future and turned heel and ran at the first sign of trouble and as soon as they realized Sony was sticking with no DRM.So much for their great plan, eh?

Edit below:
People also flipped out when Sony introduced the PS1 and Discs instead of Nintendo's standard cartridges.Same with DVD in PS2 and Blu-ray with PS3.Going against the vocal crowds and committing to your plan, to me, is more risky then what MS did last year.

JoGam1251d ago (Edited 1251d ago )

No dude they did take the risk. Putting out there what they wanted to do, was taking a risk. However because they didn't have the backing of the consumers they decided to backtrack. It was the consumers who made MS change their mind. We all know MS would have kept to there plan if the had the consumers backing. You think because they did'nt commit, however I call it backtrack, wasn't taking a risk? It was a risk to tell the consumers one thing and do another. It was a smart move by MS to change or not commit however it was a risk. Ask ANYBODY if MS look uncertain of what they wanted to do during that time. That was the consequence of their risk.

No_Limit1251d ago (Edited 1251d ago )

"Did you forget all of 2013? "

JoGam, what happened in 2013?? Was it any different from what the XB1 is now? How could it be a risk if it never existed in the final product? You are not making sense, dude. LOL

hulk_bash19871251d ago (Edited 1251d ago )

@JoGam

I agree with you to a certain extent. But Microsoft didn't really take a risk in that department because they did't go through with it. As opposed to say the risk they took on HD DVD last gen. That was a risk and unfortunately it did not pay off for them. But, even though they did hurt their image with the reveal they quickly won it back by doing a complete 180. So there was really no mayor risk taken. If I had to say the risk Microsoft took this gen, it would have to be bundling in Kinect at a higer price. They had a vision for their All-in-one Console and they put it out on the market not knowing if it would be well received.

JoGam1251d ago (Edited 1251d ago )

No_Limit...The risk was putting out there a plan that didn't sit with consumers. That's was the RISK....REGARDLESS if they didn't fulfill that plan and decided to go with something else as which they did. What XB1 is now appose to then has nothing to do with it. LOL I'm ONLY saying MS took a RISK with the first Plan however backtrack which cause them to lose credibility.

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Godmars2901251d ago

You mean like when they made a big show of their VR room and all of their fanboys jumped on board. Or Kinect or Milo to be specific.

Still, they've never really taken lead. Just try and take it over after someone else crated the market.