Microsoft believes Oculus Rift and HoloLens are 'very complementary technologies'

Today's reveal of Microsoft partnering with Oculus to ship an Xbox One controller in every Oculus Rift virtual reality headset was a big surprise for many people. Some had though Microsoft's work on its own HoloLens device meant that it wasn't interested in the standard VR technology. In a new video, Microsoft's VP of Next Gen Experiences, Kudo Tsunoda, said that HoloLens and the Oculus Rift are in fact ''very complementary technologies' and that both try to offer different experiences.

Speaking with Microsoft's Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb, Tsunoda stated:

"With Microsoft HoloLens it's really a mixed reality device; it about taking digital assets, the Holograms, and putting them into your real world and it's how we blend the Holograms and your real-world environment that really gives you a lot of great use cases for Microsoft HoloLens."

Tsunoda then said that the experience like the one that is offered with the Oculus Rift is different:

*Virtual reality (is) a super immersive experience. So (it is) not trying to include your real world but putting you into this entirely virtual environment that's obviously great for games and entertainment as well."

It will be interesting to see how Microsoft tries to support the Oculus Rift for playing Windows 10 games and streaming Xbox One games while at the same time continuing to work on its HoloLens efforts.

Source: Xbox (YouTube)

John Callaham