Microsoft launches app to let users stream Xbox One titles on the Oculus Rift

Microsoft has launched the free Xbox One Streaming app for the Oculus Rift. Users will need a Windows 10 PC, an Xbox One and Oculus Rift on the same wireless network for the streaming to work. At launch there is support for Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, and Halo 5: Guardians. Support for more titles, including sport and indie titles are planned for 2017. A few backward compatible Xbox 360 games will also be supported.

The feature is an extension of a feature that allowed Xbox One titles to be streamed to a Windows 10 machine. The Oculus Rift works with Windows 10 natively, so there is no need to install or configure additional software. The machine should be capable of supporting VR experiences, so the minimum requirements are on the higher side. Users will also require a free Xbox One Live account for the streaming feature to work. An Xbox One controller is used as input for the titles.

Previously, the Microsoft and Oculus teams had worked together to bring Oculus Rift support to the beta version of Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition. The experience allows users to play Minecraft on a virtual flat screen television, or dive into the game at any point for an immersive 360 degree Minecraft experience. At the Microsoft’s Windows 10 “Creators Update” event in October, Microsoft demonstrated its own VR glasses.

 

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