Starting December 12, Oculus Rift owners can stream Xbox One games to their headsets using a new app from Microsoft.
With the launch of Windows 10 and the Xbox app, Xbox first delivered the ability to stream your Xbox One games to your Windows 10 PC over your home network – and now, they’re bringing that experience to Oculus Rift for free.
“Today, as a result of our ongoing partnership with Oculus, we’re excited to announce that Rift owners will be able to stream their Xbox One library to Rift with the new Xbox One Streaming to Oculus Rift app, including fan favorites like “Gears of War 4,” “Forza Horizon 3” and “Halo 5: Guardians,” the biggest sports games, indie darlings, Backward Compatible Xbox 360 games, and more titles coming in 2017. The Xbox One Streaming to Oculus Rift app is available for free in the Oculus Store on Dec. 12.”
The new Xbox One Streaming app connects to your Xbox One via your home network. Once connected, your console’s video output is streamed to your Rift headset and projected onto a massive screen in your choice of one of three immersive VR environments, called “Citadel,” “Retreat” and “Dome.”
Microsoft has been pushing VR hard of late. The company is integrating 3D capabilities for virtual reality and augmented reality headsets into Windows 10 with the Creators Update and is working with the likes of HP, Dell, and Asus to create VR headsets under £250/$300.
Rift will work natively with Windows 10 to make it easy to set up, jump in and have an incredible VR gaming experience. Anything that runs on the Xbox One, or games that are backward-compatible with the Xbox 360 will run on the Rift as well.