Microsoft is working on a secret VR MMO

Microsoft and MMORPGs haven’t had the best of relationship in history, with the company approving and then canceling several promising games over the past couple of decades. But the software giant is giving them another go, albeit in a different format, as it has been revealed that Microsoft is working on a “mixed-reality” MMO in its labs.

The news comes from a job listing for a senior design manager that hints at the unnamed title and links both MMOs and virtual reality together in the same sentence. The game in question is being developed for both PC and Xbox and is described as a “massively social gaming and entertainment experience.”

The full job description is as follows:

Do you love MMOs? Are you excited about virtual reality? Would you like every Xbox user to experience your design every time they use it? We are embarking on a bold charter and need your help us take the next step. The Xbox Mixed Reality team is looking for an experienced senior design manager with deep expertise and passion around crafting immersive social systems and experiences. We’re looking to build a massively social gaming and entertainment experience for both the PC and the console. Here is an opportunity to join a fun and collaborative team that experiments with the latest toys, works with state of the art tech, and crafts the future of entertainment.

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Pedge Jameson

That’s the picture everyone is going to reference when the VR stuff burns on reentry. :P

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Doctor Sweers

“The font is larger! And Jesus wept, for there were no more worlds to conquer!”

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possum440 .

“social experience” I have always loved that about gamers and those of you still playing MMO’s.

You do all you can to get away from real life and be anti social and then turn around and play a game where you interact with anon people that are in turn sitting behind a computer being anti social and calling yourselves social.

Social, you keep using that word….I do not think it means what you think it means.

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thirtymil

The use of the word social in the article above actually comes from a job description from Microsoft… so you may wish to take it up with them.

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Matthew Ward

Err.. Microsoft only have a dog in the AR fight, not VR.
Can’t see that this is true.

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Dividion

Here’s a link for you. You’ll notice a couple of new “mixed reality” headsets, which allow for AR and VR.
https://www.microsoftstore.com/store?keywords=mixed+reality&SiteID=msusa&Locale=en_US&Action=DisplayProductSearchResultsPage&result=&sortby=score%20descending&filters=
The screen resolutions are dual 1440×1440, for a total 2880×1440. That’s a decent step up from Oculus and Vive which total 2160×1200. (62.5% more pixels)

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Melissa McDonald

MS has a partnership with Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Acer (to start with) to make VR/MR visors that not only support VR with Windows 10, but also support Windows Holographic apps. They’ve actually laid significant groundwork and have (as they always do) engaged strong hardware partners to facilitate the tech.

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Mick the Barbarian

Err … no. You haven’t been keeping up have you? Hololense is not the only one.

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Sally Bowls

I was not expecting this to be VR. The rhetoric and products seem to have been in AR. Hololens 2 was cancelled in order to get HL 3 out better.

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Melissa McDonald

I think MR (mixed reality has become the catchphrase over augmented reality) is going to be more for manufacturing at first, and VR is more for consumers. But the two are destined to join in such a way that it may only be the opacity of images and your view of the world behind them that dictates if you’d call it AR or VR, so, I think that’s why MR is becoming the chosen term.

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silverlock

Working on a game doesn’t mean they are planning on releasing a game. Microsoft is foremost a platform company and they maybe working on a VR game to make sure they are a good platform for VR, or maybe they want a big game to promote their own VR solution, hard to know at this point.

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McGuffn
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silverlock

lol leave it to Microsoft to take something as exciting as VR and make it boring.

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Melissa McDonald

Just so ya know… Here are Microsoft’s new VR controllers, “The controllers, which look very similar to what’s available for Oculus and Vive virtual reality headsets, require no external tracking in order to follow your movements. In other words, you do not need any markers or other hardware. Instead, the sensors are inside the headsets. You can use the controllers anywhere, so long as you have the headset.”
This is a big improvement over the laser ‘beacons’ the Vive requires.

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flatline4400

That looked… entirely like something else at first glance…

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Melissa McDonald

Freud smiles

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Michael18

Mixed reality?
Keep all RL shit out of my virtual worlds, I say!

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Nordavind

Like other players?

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camren_rooke

It’s a start!

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Greaterdivinity

Still convinced this is more of a “shared-space” lobby system for XBL rather than an actual game. It’ll likely have activities and stuff, and it will be gamified to hell, but I don’t think it’s being designed as a full fledged game on its own.

I’m still honestly more excited about Hololens right now, I think there’s a hell of a lot more potential for AR than VR right now, even if the VR market is lightyears ahead of the AR market (at least in terms of peripherals/gaming). I’m really sad that they’ve mostly gone quiet with it since E3 2014/5 (whichever year they showed it off).

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Totakeke

Oh gosh. I’d pay good money if they set something up with Netflix again. The old shared theater mode for the Netflix app on 360 was pretty fucking amazing with a part full of friends. Doing it in VR would be the bee’s knees.

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Melissa McDonald

Gear VR has a Netflix app that does same. You are staring at what would be about an 80″ screen in a living room with an alpine view out the window…

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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Jack Pipsam

Stealing right now.

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Sally Bowls

+1 for the uber-nerd. The gentleman wearing the glasses may be making out with a woman IRL, but his fantasy image through his glasses was of Gates.

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MesaSage

Thanks for the coffee-spitting-inducing-image.

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camren_rooke

Pfff. Don’t need no 300 clunky gizmo for that, just use a pair of safety goggles and a cutout picture like I … do…..

Disregard that.

By the way, I don’t think those are bedroom eyes Gates has. Looks like he might be getting the munchies real soon.

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Melissa McDonald

lolz at the Gates comment. He MIGHT be really tired. maybe. :)

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Dividion

That’s what I thought too. Probably ran out of Jolt, since I don’t think 5-hr Energy existed back then.

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squidgod2000

Augmented reality game called ‘Better Life’. Makes your spouse look prettier, paycheck look larger and adds adoring fans who follow you around.

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Melissa McDonald

It’s not really helping to show ludicrous pictures that in no way represent the current state of VR. Here is what the new HP and Acer visors look like. Both have virtually identical specifications. Despite the appearance here both are essentially the same size, too.

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Greaterdivinity

Don’t take VR stuff too seriously, yo. Massively often uses silly header images.

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Danny Smith

Because the xbox division sinking money into a gamble is sure to pay off. 15th times the charm after all the trainwrecks like mandatory kinect 3.0, the halo tv series studio quiet mothballed after wasting millions of dollars, the myriad studio shutdowns and so on and so on.

THIS time its going to be the saving grace the xbone needs, just you wait!

/sweatingphilspencer.

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Grifter17

Some Corrections,
The current Kinect is version is 2.0 and I still use mine
The Halo TV Series is still a go at Microsoft, although there haven’t been any updates in a while

also

/excitedphilspencerforE3

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Melissa McDonald

Also you can now pre-order new VR visors made by HP and Acer this week, in a partnership with Microsoft. These support not just VR but also Windows Holographic apps. The Acer one is $299 and the HP one is $329. And, Microsoft released hand controllers for these systems that are very similar to the clever ones that Oculus has made for the Rift. Dell and Lenovo are next and will release their visors soon.
These are arguably smaller, lighter, and more refined than the Rift and Vive, a 2nd generation of visor hardware.
Good stuff happening. I got a new GearVR visor with my Galaxy S8 purchase. it is better than the original model that used Note 4, mobile/wireless VR continues to be improved as well.

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MesaSage

Those of us on the AR bandwagon are going to be magnanimous and let you VR people climb aboard.

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Michael18

Looks interesting. I’m just a bit scared of the reality part in “mixed reality”. Hopefully those new devices can be and will be used for pure VR, for the most part.

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Totakeke

Look up Dennou Coil for a Mixed Reality set up.

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Melissa McDonald

I think that’s a definite because MR would normally mean a clear visor or using the camera (which I suppose is how they generate MR with this form factor, but, I haven’t read that these have a front-facing camera.) It’s possible their use of Windows Holographic apps are in a virtual space, so to speak. Until reviews start coming in… we will wait to see.

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deekay_plus

so i have some friends who work with hololens in a professional setting and it’s not really anything i can share publicly but the whole thing is just so fucking cool in non gaming ways mostly.

if ms is doing a hololens centric mmo it would be super neat imo.

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Melissa McDonald

the best review I’ve read of HoloLens declared it to be “sorcery”. It has one big drawback, needs wider FOV. That’ll happen in the next generation of hardware, the 2.0 HoloLens.

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deekay_plus

iirc my one buddy told me the current in house unit is like 5th or 7th generation.

and haven’t heard any complaints of fov so far. the draw back i’ve heard is transparency gradients so to say. and the control scheme being limited and odd but also making sense when you think about why it’s that way.

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McGuffn

It will be Pokemon Go, only you have to wear a giant headset and a battery pack to power the thing as you walk around town.

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Esoteric Coyote

I’m sure a MMO that requires expensive and niche hardware will be super popular.

That said, MMOs take years to develop and perhaps by then VR hardware will be “dirt cheap”.

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