During today’s pre-E3 press conference, Oculus has officially announced its partnership with Microsoft.
CEO of Oculus VR Brendan Iribe first acknowledged the need of their device to have a gamepad before revealing that every handset will be shipped with a wireless Xbox One controller along with an adaptor.
Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, talked about the partnership.
“The opportunity for us to bring our wireless controller, the one that we’ve spent so many years refining, to every Oculus user at launch is incredibly exciting for us.”
According to Spencer, the Rift will work with the upcoming Windows 10. In order to perform properly, the device will need to be run on a machine that has Direct X 12.
Yes, the Oculus Rift will soon be able to play Xbox One games, although no specific games have been mentioned thus far.
The Verge notes that the announcement of the partnership serves as Microsoft’s answer to Sony’s Project Morpheus, which will be compatible with the latter company’s respective Playstation 4 and Vita.
The Oculur Rift looks forward to a Q1 2016 release date. Pricing is yet to be announced, although a tag of $1,500 is expected.