Every gamer knows that E3 2016 is just around the corner. This year’s E3 is a time for gamers to have our freak-out moments about new games, new advancements in gaming experiences, and (in the case of recent rumors) the possibility of Microsoft releasing an upgraded successor to the Xbox One in 2017. According to said rumor mill, this (yet unnamed) console will be “a few times more powerful” than the current-gen Xbox One, and with that power, may come support for the VR headset known as the Oculus Rift.
Back in 2013, Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey stated that consoles were still “too limited for what we want to do” with the Rift. “The problem with consoles in general is that once they come out they’re locked to a certain spec for a long, long time”, Luckey said at the time. However, there have obviously been loads of advancements in the past 21/2 years. The Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive have been becoming more & more prevalent in gaming over the past year or so.
Currently, the Oculus Rift is only usable on PCs, yet an unnamed developer recently told Ars Technica that they are working on a VR game for that rumored console. The unnamed game will be revealed at E3 (as confirmed by a Microsoft PR representative), and it will also be available for PS4 and PC. However, the rumored Xbox version will not be ready for release until 2017.
Currently, it’s unclear whether or not Microsoft will be revealing new hardware at this year’s E3 conference, but if Microsoft does plan to release a more powerful console net year in an attempt to rival the PlayStation VR (and the rumored PlayStation 4K), then this could potentially rekindle the fires of the console wars.
Pop Culture Uncovered will be bringing you more news on E3 and its reveals during the conference, so stay tuned!