Microsoft seems to be a little salty over the success of PlayStation’s VR system on the PS4. It has done well, more than the company could ever have predicted. However, Microsoft claims that “nobody’s asking for VR” so they won’t be focusing on the hardware for the next-gen Xbox Scarlet console.
According to Phil Spencer, his customer base is not asking for the hardware (right now they are most likely just asking for something to play). According to Phill, “the vast majority of our customers know if they want a VR experience, there are places to go get those. Nobody’s selling millions and millions of VR headsets” he claims.
With that mindset, Microsoft won’t be focusing on VR for the Xbox Scarlet. However, Phil Spencer and his statement did not sit well with former Sony PlayStation head Shuhei Yoshida who was a forefront through the growth of the PlayStation VR system, selling 4 million units since its debut in 2016. Yoshida fired back as Phil this morning with a snarky tweet stating “we oftentimes work hard to make things that no customers are asking for”. A quote from Henry Ford.
Yoshida was not the only person who was offended by Phil’s statement. Many fans asking Phill to back up his claims that it is not selling millions on units. Other Xbox fans are claiming they would love to play VR on the platform.
“Nobody’s asking for VR” yeah he’s right just like how nobody is asking for sequels of games/reboots of xbox games. This guy is the biggest fraud in gaming!!! pic.twitter.com/RyiWYhuBLd
— FrostBite (@FrostBiteMCU) November 26, 2019
All this could be due to Sony’s market share in the VR market. Microsoft would find it hard to enter this territory now as if you wanted a VR headset, you probably ended up getting a PS4 with the PlayStation VR device. It could be a good thing that Microsoft is not working on VR for the next-gen Xbox console, they have bigger fish to fry in an attempt to build their first-party lineup.