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Oculus Reveals Consumer Headset, Microsoft Partnership

San Francisco — Oculus is aiming squarely at the computer gaming market with a consumer version of its Rift virtual-reality headset.

The headset, lighter than previous Rift models, and swathed in fabric for wearer comfort, includes integrated headphones.

It will be available as part of a bundle with a Microsoft Xbox One controller, the first iteration of a larger partnership between the two tech companies. The partnership includes the integration of the Rift headset with Windows 10, due out at the end of the month, so Rift users will be able to play native Windows 10 games, including those streamed from a console to a PC.

The Windows 10 integration will also allow users to view any video content from a Windows PC or Xbox console.

“Oculus Rift is going to deliver the magic of presence. For the first time, we will finally be inside the game,” Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe told media members here on the eve of the annual E3 digital entertainment event.

Oculus announced three initial VR games: EVE Valkyrie, a spaceship shooting game; RPG Chronos, an atmospheric immersion title; and an exploration game called Edge Of Nowhere.

Oculus also announced it would invest $10 million to help independent game developers produce native titles for the Rift.

The Oculus-Microsoft partnership sets up a potential gaming war with Sony, which has been developing its own VR gaming platform, known as Project Morpheus, which will integrate with the company’s PlayStation franchise.