Gone of the days, where it was just two console giants going head-to-head with PC floating around beside them. We have consoles from Sony, Xbox and Nintendo, PC, the entire mobile games industry, Virtual Reality and now, game streaming offerings from Google, Amazon and some of the console manufacturers themselves.
So, sometimes you have to make a call about the direction you’re going, and Xbox’s Phil Spencer has made his thoughts pretty clear about VR and how it pertains to Xbox’s next console, Scarlett. In an interview with Stevivor, Spencer says that he doesn’t like how his past quotes about VR sounded, that VR would come to Xbox One X when it was more than “demos and experiments,” because he thought that may sound demeaning to those working hard on VR.
Well, the VR industry might not love his new comments either.
“I have some issues with VR — 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,” Spencer said.
Phil goes on to say that there are plenty of places to get VR experiences on PC and elsewhere.
Phil doesn’t mention Sony’s PSVR, Xbox’s main rival, but Sony appears to have seen the quote and it’s caused Shuhei Yoshida to chime in with some thoughts of his own in a tweet: