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Microsoft: VR is big on Windows, but Xbox would need ‘a bunch of work’

February 11, 2020 / JEREMY HORWITZ
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Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality initiative may have brought multiple VR headsets and a substantial quantity of VR software to the PC platform, but the company still isn’t planning to leverage that momentum to bring VR to Xbox users. Adding VR support to the platform would take too much work at this point to justify its returns, Microsoft gaming chief Phil Spencer suggested during a new podcast with GamerTag Radio, so the company is apparently going to keep waiting until the feature becomes a “no brainer.” Spencer’s latest comments come months after he set off a firestorm within the VR community by suggesting that “nobody’s asking for VR” and wrongly claiming that “nobody’s selling millions and millions” of VR headsets. Now the executive is modestly walking back the negativity, framing his prior statements as a matter of practicality.