VR will not be an important part of Xbox’s next-generation console. In an interview with Stevivor, Phil Spencer said that he’s not a huge fan of virtual reality games - but neither are Xbox players.
Speaking at X019, Spencer said that “I have some issues with VR. It’s isolating and I think of games as a communal [...] experience. We’re responding to what our customers are asking for and... nobody’s asking for VR. The vast majority of our customers know if they want a VR experience, there’s places to go get those. We see the volumes of those on PC and other places.”
Spencer’s comments are in stark contrast to the efforts made by Sony. Eurogamer states that as of March this year, PSVR had sold more than four million copies. That means that only four per cent of PS4 owners own a headset, but the PS5 is expected to have its own offering after its launch next Christmas.