[UPDATE] A Microsoft representative told GameSpot that Project Scorpio will offer “high-fidelity VR experiences,” though the company did not say why the line was removed from the site.
“When Project Scorpio ships later this year it will be the most powerful console ever built with a 6 teraflop GPU to deliver true 4K gaming, high-fidelity VR experiences, and greater graphic fidelity. We have nothing additional to share at this time,” the spokesperson said.
The original story is below.
The promotional website for Project Scorpio has apparently been changed to remove “hi-fidelity VR” from its list of bullet points, potentially suggesting Microsoft’s plans for VR may have changed.
This change was spotted by people on NeoGAF recently. The live version of the Project Scorpio website contains the image below, which touts the release date (holiday 2017) and some of the console’s technical details such as six teraflops of power, 320 GB memory, and 8 CPU cores. “The most powerful console ever, featuring six teraflops of graphical processing power, true 4K gaming, and compatibility with Xbox One games and accessories,” a line on the page reads.
This cached version of the page shows that “hi-fidelity VR” was at one time featured on the page. It’s not exactly clear when this was removed or why. GameSpot has contacted Microsoft in an attempt to get more details on the timeline and reasoning. We’ll update this post with anything we hear back.
Virtual reality was among the features that Microsoft announced for Project Scorpio when it revealed the console at E3 2016. The removal of a line of text on the website doesn’t necessarily mean Microsoft is abandoning its plans for virtual reality, but it does seem like something is going on.
In November of last year, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said he thinks VR will eventually “find its spot” in gaming–but it might not be soon. “We designed Scorpio as a VR-capable console. Whether that happens this year, next year, or the year after…”
“I don’t think the creators in the game space have yet found–well, they haven’t obviously perfected the craft of building VR games,” Spencer added. “It’s so early; I think we’re a couple of years before we’ll really see that hit mainstream.”
Project Scorpio, or whatever Microsoft decides to call it, launches this holiday. Microsoft has not announced a price point for the system but has repeatedly referred to it as the “most powerful console ever made,” and will surely be priced above the Xbox One.