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Facebook and Microsoft Team Up On Oculus Rift Venture

For those looking for virtual reality on their computer systems or video game systems, the name Oculus Rift has been a big name in the past few years. On Thursday, Facebook and Microsoft announced a partnership, bringing the first consumer version of the product to Xbox One users.

The event was held on Thursday, to showcase the new consumer product from Oculus Rift, which is owned by Facebook. The “Step Into The Rift” event, was one that many saw as just a consumer launch, but brought the Microsoft announcement as a surprise for many analysts and users.

Facebook Announces Oculus Rift With Xbox and Windows Support Built-In

Oculus Rift Supporting Xbox and Windows 10

The big announcement about the Oculus Rift initially was just about the product, but was then trumped with the extras. It will come with an Xbox One controller and Xbox adapter, meaning users can play their Xbox One games through the virtual reality headset. This is a major win for Xbox One users.

Additionally, Phil Spencer announced during the event, that the Oculus Rift will support Windows 10 right out of the box, and will not require any software additions or firmware updates. This means Windows 10 users get the premier VR headset, and it works right as soon as they open it.

Xbox One Users and Windows Users Get Oculus VR Compatability With Next-Gen VR Headset

Xbox Gets Major VR Support

This is great news for Xbox One and Windows gamers, and it means that Oculus developers can start building right away for both consoles. The Xbox controller can also be targeted by developers as well, and this has a tremendous install base as well. It’s a big win for both companies.

It will natively work with Windows 10, but support Windows 7 SP1 or higher. It will not support Apple, and this is a major win for Microsoft as well. This will help both the Windows 10 launch and give the Oculus Rift a strong gamer crowd that enjoys Windows gaming, and especially on Windows 10.

This announcement was major news for Facebook and Microsoft. Now, Oculus Rift users can love Windows again and the Xbox One as well.

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Published: Friday, June 12th, 2015 Last Modified: June 12, 2015

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