Microsoft made some big announcement for its Mixed Reality Plan including AltSpaceVR acquisition, 20,000 apps and game titles, and Samsung’s premium headset. However, the biggest announcement in terms of games was Halo Recruit which is coming to Windows 10 Mixed Reality on 17th October 2017.
However, hold it before you get excited.
Its not going to be a complete VR game, and its going to more of experience of Halo world with VR, and few jargons here and there. The primary reason why I would say that is because Microsoft is not really ready with Mixed Reality. During the announcement of VR, Alex Kipan, clearly said that the devices need to evolve with time to get where Microsoft wants to be.
This sends out a clear message that whatever happens for next one year will be a beta testing. The platform, and the hardware both will evolve. This is the primary reason why Xbox is not ready for VR, because the platform itself is not ready. Here is the official statement:
As we shared a few weeks back, we are working with an incredible set of partners to bring the most immersive experiences to the Windows Store. We also let everyone know that we were working with the team at 343 Industries to bring future Halo experiences into mixed reality. Starting on October 17th, Halo fans will be able to get their first glimpse for what mixed reality and Halo can feel like. Bonnie Ross, Head of 343 Industries, joined us as a holographic presenter to share details about Halo Recruit, a fun, brief introduction into the world of Halo – where you’ll see several iconic characters in mixed reality for the very first time.
While I am disappointed to an extent, but I am happy to see Microsoft being clear on where they are right now. Consumers should refrain for investing a lot of money now into this and give it at least 6 months of time to see how it moves forward.