Microsoft is bringing Xbox One game streaming to the Oculus Rift next month, including the likes of Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3 and Halo 5: Guardians. The streaming service will go live in the Oculus Store on December 12, and while it doesn’t mean you’ll be able to play games in full virtual reality, the service lets you broadcast games in a cinema mode that’s similar to what’s on offer with PlayStation VR and the HTC Vive.
For the feature to work, you’re going to need an Xbox One, as well as a Windows 10 machine, and obviously an Oculus Rift:
With the launch of Windows 10 and the Xbox app, we first delivered the ability to stream your Xbox One games to your Windows 10 PC over your home network – and now, we’re bringing that experience to life, in partnership with Oculus, completely for free.
Today marks an evolution in our ongoing partnership with Oculus, as Rift owners will be able to stream their Xbox One library to Rift with the new Xbox One Streaming to Oculus Rift app, including fan favorites like “Gears of War 4,” “Forza Horizon 3” and “Halo 5: Guardians,” the biggest sports games, indie darlings, Backward Compatible Xbox 360 games, and more titles coming in 2017. The Xbox One Streaming to Oculus Rift app is available for free in the Oculus Store on Dec. 12.
The new Xbox One Streaming to Oculus Rift app connects to your Xbox One via your home network. Once connected, your console’s video output is streamed to your Rift headset and projected onto a massive screen in your choice of one of three immersive VR environments: “Citadel,” “Retreat” and “Dome.”
Rift works natively with Windows 10, which makes it easy to set up, jump in and have an incredible VR gaming experience. Combined with DirectX 12 technology that unlocks the full capabilities of new Windows 10 graphics hardware, made-for-VR games on Windows 10 will have the fastest frame rates.
Considering the latency requirements, it is likely you’ll need to hook up the Xbox via Ethernet.