It’s no secret that Xbox has continued to steer away from virtual reality in recent years, with Phil Spencer even publicly stating that there are currently no plans for the technology on the platform. However, that doesn’t seem to have stopped past VR projects from being worked on at Xbox Studios, even if they never made it to market.
One such project is “Halo VR,” a title 343 Industries was working on some time after Halo 5 launched in 2015. Details of this project have now been shared by 343 developer Dan Chosich, who uploaded a heap of concept art for their website title.
In fact, the information goes far beyond concept art. The site details how 343 was trying to break down some of the barriers that VR presented, such as the movement of the 3D player, general install bases for VR devices and more.
You can see a few examples of the website’s many concept art images below:
Then there’s information on how the team would integrate virtual reality into the world of Halo, such as accessing story elements via data pads and implementing traditional Halo game elements. in the VR space. It’s fascinating stuff!
Of course, unfortunately, ‘Halo VR’ never became a reality; we’d guess largely due to Xbox’s reluctance to create a VR headset. Looking at all of this, we’d still like that to happen, so maybe one day Xbox can make ‘Halo VR’ a reality? Microsoft has experimented with virtual Halo projects in the past, such as the mixed reality experience Halo Recruitand the limited appeal of virtual reality Halo: Discovery of the Outpost.
Until 343 Industries ever creates “Halo VR,” here’s an example of how it could work, given the chance. It’s not directly from 343, but the team seemed impressed with the work of this modder, considering the hire that followed!
What do you think of all this? Would Halo work in VR? Let us know in the comments!