Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Working On 3D Virtual Reality Devices


Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is expected to unveil DirectX 12 at the upcoming Game Developers Conference (GDC) this week in San Francisco, and a new report indicates that the software giant could come up with something in the ’3-D’ space as well. A report from the Wall Street Journal citing people familiar with the matter say that the company has developed a 3-D virtual-reality device, and have filed at least one patent related to it.

Something for Microsoft Xbox users

The report says that Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has been working on the project codenamed as “Fortaleza,” or “fortress” in Portuguese. Sources close to the matter reveal that the technology aims at creating a unique experience for users of Microsoft’s Xbox products.

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At least one of the versions of the Microsoft’s technology is based on the concept of “augmented reality,” which according to the journal, “often superimposes animation on a display along with images of the real world.”  In comparison, devices like Oculus goggles show the images generated by the computer.

A crowded segment

From quite some time now, there have been talks that Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is revamping its wearable technology unit. Also, there have been rumors that the unit is headed by Alex Kipman. In October, there were reports that the company was testing a Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) Glass-like wearable device.

The 3-D segment already has many players, which would certainly make it tough for Microsoft. Japan’s Sony already offers a Personal 3-D Viewer headset, using which users can enjoy games and movies without a TV screen.  The device is priced at $1000. Recently, Sony revealed “Project Morpheus,” which is a virtual reality system paired with the PS4 allowing users to witness the experience of the virtual world in which they are playing. Also, there is Oculus Rift, which is a similar technology for PCs.

As of now, it is too early to predict the long term success of the 3D and/or virtual reality technology; however, it is surely a segment in which Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) should invest in.