At a Oculus Rift conference earlier today the head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, and Oculus VR CEO, Brendan Iribe, announced a partnership that will see an Xbox One controller included with every Oculus Rift at launch. Also, Xbox One games will be playable on the Oculus Rift through streaming to Windows 10.
You can play your favorite Xbox One games, like Halo, Forza, Sunset Overdrive and more, on your own virtual reality cinema screen.
Not sure exactly what that means, but okay sure.
This news also comes with word that the recommended platform for Oculus Rift when it launches in the first parts of 2016 will be Windows 10. As mentioned by Microsoft at an earlier date, the wireless capabilities of the Xbox One controller will only be available on the Windows 10 platform. As will DirectX 12 technology, which is poised to drive a lot of VR tech currently being built for the Oculus Rift launch.
"Woah, it's like I'm in the living room playing Xbox."
To alleviate any worries about what may sound like restrictions, Microsoft made certain to reiterate that Windows 10 will be an open ecosystem, and one that has been designed with developers of all kinds of software in mind.
In addition to this partnership, Oculus VR announced their own VR-specific controller the Oculus Touch. Which takes on the form of a seperate controller for each hand (each with its own analogue stick and buttons), plus the ability to track and recognise specific hand and finger poses.