An Italian update message may have revealed that Xbox Series X/S VR Support is finally on the horizon. Could Microsoft be preparing to take a shot at Xbox VR?
It's not the first time we've heard rumours of an upcoming Xbox VR. Last year, a user discovered references to Xbox Series X 'Scarlett_VR'. "Project Scarlett" was Xbox's provisional name for the series of consoles that became the Series X/S.
According to a report from IGN Italy, a user attempting to install the new Xbox Wireless Headset was prompted to install a new updating for "the VR Headset." It doesn't appear to be an isolated misprint. The reference to 'The VR Headset' was not only when the USB-C/USB-A cable was inserted into the Xbox Series X/S, it also appeared in further slides and on the prompt to begin the update. That being said, it could just be a translation issue, or a simple miscommunication between the higher-ups and the copywriters.
If Xbox were to be working on Xbox VR Support, it'd make more sense that they were working on compatibility with a third-party VR support and not a PSVR2 parallel. That being said, it isn't the first time these rumours came up: parts of Microsoft Flight Simulator's code referenced 'Scarlett_VR', which appears to have been a potential VR Headset for the next generation of Xbox.
I'd jump at the opportunity to talk about a potential Xbox VR whatever the news: in September of last year, I had predicted that "VR is not going to define the next generation of home consoles." In all fairness, this was back in the days when Xbox VR was a photoshop meme and the PSVR2 seemed like a distant fantasy. Oh, the naivety of youth!