As the Xbox Series X release date quickly approaches, we had just finally accepted that our dreams of Xbox VR in the Next-Gen were dead. Xbox were focusing on bringing 4K to the masses, confirming they were waiting until VR on Xbox became a "no brainer."
Well, at least that's what we thought.
Windowscentral.com has reported that files found in Microsoft Flight Simulator's PC release might suggest otherwise.
Flight Simulator form user Cygnifick has claimed to have found multiple Xbox-related entries in Flight Simulator's game files that imply that Microsoft may have thought more about Console VR than they had previously let on.
The entries discovered include references to 'PC_VR' and 'Scarlett_VR'. The latter refers to "Project Scarlett," the provisional name for the family of consoles which became the Xbox Series X and S.
The news comes as Microsoft works to bring VR headset support to the game. A Eurogamer report earlier this month claimed that Microsoft Flight Simulator VR is expected to go into closed beta at the end of this month, with a full release planned to coincide with the launch of the new HP Reverb G2 VR headset.
Although some have speculated that this could hint to a surprise announcement from Microsoft that they've secretly been working to bring VR to the Xbox Series X, it doesn't seem likely. It seems more plausible that, given the success of PS VR, Microsoft were considering a similar peripheral in Project Scarlett's development cycle.
Last month, Phil Spencer was resolute in his dismissal of the concept, arguing that:
...the most precious resource that we have is the team and their ability. And I just have to focus on the things we're doing right now. [...] VR is not as simple as plugging your headset. You have to redo the dash[board]. There's a bunch of work that goes into it.
Microsoft have, however, been hard at work to bring Microsoft Flight Simulator to the Xbox Series X.