Microsoft is looking to partner with several companies to bring fans new VR games and experiences through the Windows Mixed Reality platform on Windows 10, which offers a combination of virtual reality with a “sense of presence.”
Earlier today, Microsoft announced that their initial implementation of the plan will include Halo developer, 343 Industries, who will “bring future Halo experiences into mixed reality,” according to Microsoft technical fellow Alex Kipman. While Kipman didn’t go into specifics of the Halo VR project, he did mention that “it is going to be a lot of fun to work with them.”
Fans have long been clamouring for a new iteration to the Halo franchise, however 343 Industries have confirmed that fans should not expect Halo 6 to be announced anytime soon. That is not to say, though, that the developer isn’t hard at work on another entry. At this stage it is unclear whether the next Halo game will be an entirely VR based experience or will include a few VR-only features.
As Microsoft has already brought Minecraft VR support to the Oculus Rift and Gear VR, it would seem that Halo will not be the only game playable in VR as Minecraft VR will also be supported on the Windows Mixed Reality headsets for Windows 10.
According to Microsoft, games such as Superhot VR and other Steam content will also work on the Windows headsets as “Steam is a great place to enjoy cutting edge immersive experiences.”
The plan is still in the early stages with Microsoft confirming that more is to come over before the holiday season. Here’s hoping that fans will be given a look at Halo VR and the other VR gaming content from the Microsoft partnerships.