Xbox One owners will soon be able to view and play their games with an Oculus Rift VR headset and a Windows 10 PC. Microsoft announced today that it will launch the awkwardly named “Xbox One Streaming to Oculus Rift” app on December 12 via the Oculus Store. It will offer a way to stream games from the console directly to the Rift headset that’s connected to a Windows 10 PC, via a local wireless network.
Microsoft previously added a way for Xbox One games to be streamed and played on Windows 10 PCs, and this new support for the Oculus Rift is basically an extension of that move. The games themselves will be projected on a massive virtual screen with the Rift that will have three different themes: “Citadel,” “Retreat” and “Dome.” In addition to all the native Xbox One games, the streaming support to the Rift will also support any Xbox 360 game that’s available on the Xbox One via backwards compatibility.
While there are no true VR Xbox One games (at least not yet) the support for the Oculus Rift headset with Windows 10 will allow gamers to play these titles as if they were on a much bigger display than the normal flat-screen TV. Microsoft already provides an Xbox One controller with every Oculus Rift headset, and this new extension of this partnership shows that Microsoft wants to continue that relationship.