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Microsoft patents VR peripherals ahead of next-gen

Most major gaming platforms have a VR option for fans of an extra level of immersion. Aside from Xbox, which did speak of VR in relation to Project Scorpio, but the addition never materialised. However, more plans seem to be in place for the future, with a fresh set of patents available online.

News comes by way of windowscentral, who reported on the patents via Twitter user WalkingCat. The patents, which are viewable online, show a motion controller, a stylus and a boundary mat. The setup looks familiar for VR users, with a console/PC hooked-up, alongside a camera above the TV. The camera in the patent pictures looks oddly similar to a first generation Kinect sensor.


The motion controller and stylus are very reminiscent of Nintendo products. The Wii and DS had similar ways to play and those styles would be interesting mixed in with VR.

Of course, patents don’t always mean concrete plans. Plenty of patents filed by companies are simply ideas that never come to market. However, Xbox’s lack of VR functionality is certainly a miss in its lineup, especially next to a long line of other accessories the company offers for Xbox and PC.

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Ben Kerry
Previous reviews and news writer for Gamereactor. Fan of action, racing and straight up walkin' in any video game he can get his hands on. When he's not gaming, Ben spends his time listening to way too much Guns N' Roses, watching football and probably eating somewhere...

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