Oculus joins team Microsoft

emblemMicrosoft is partnering with Oculus to supply an Xbox One controller with every Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.

The pair have said that Oculus will ship the controllers as part of its headset launch in early 2016, with the recently announced Xbox wireless adapter.

Xbox chief Phil Spencer revealed the partnership on stage at Oculus’ E3 press event saying: “We believe we’ll be able to create state of the art virtual reality experiences with the Oculus Rift on top of Windows.”

The Oculus Rift will work natively on Windows 10, and Spencer revealed Microsoft will allow Xbox One games to stream to the headset as part of the virtual cinema experience Oculus has created.

While the Xbox One controller will ship as part of the Oculus Rift headset bundle, the wireless element will require Windows 10, as Microsoft’s adapter is only officially supported on its new OS.

The move is somewhat surprising as Microsoft has been flat out working on its HoloLens project. What seems to be happening is that Vole needs support accessories for gaming on its Windows platform.

It also seems to suggest that Microsoft sees a future for those who want to wear VR headsets to run Windows.