The official website for Microsoft’s upcoming Project Scorpio has recently been edited to remove “hi-fidelity VR” from its complete list of bullet points, an action which potentially suggests that Microsoft’s plans for Virtual Reality may have changed.
This tiny edit was actually spotted by people on NeoGAF recently. The official live version of the Project Scorpio website consists of the image you can find below, which displays the release date and some of the console’s main technical specifications such as it’s 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,” as a line on the page reads.
This cached version of this web page will show that “hi-fidelity VR” was at once featured on the page. It’s not yet been made clear when this was actually removed or even why.
Virtual reality was primarily among the features that Microsoft announced for Project Scorpio when it revealed the console at E3 2016. The mere removal of a single line of text on a website doesn’t generally mean Microsoft will definitely be abandoning its plans for virtual reality, although it does seem like something’s fishy.
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, 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 eventually decides to call it, will finally launch this holiday. Microsoft has not officially announced a proper price point for the beastly system but has consistently referred to it as the “most powerful console ever made,” and will surely be priced above the Xbox One.