[UPDATE 2] A Microsoft spokesperson told GameSpot, "We have nothing to share concerning these reports."
[UPDATE] VRFocus and Techradar report that several game studios have received Xbox One VR development kits. None of the studios were named, unfortunately.
The original story is below.
Microsoft will reveal its long-rumored Xbox virtual reality headset device during the company's E3 2015 briefing next summer, according to a new Digitimes report that cites "upstream supply chain" sources. The summer tradeshow is scheduled for June 16-18, 2015.
The site's sources went on to say that development on the Xbox VR headset, which will presumably work with the Xbox One, will be handled by the same team that runs Microsoft's Surface tablet line. A name for the device was not mentioned.
Microsoft's Xbox VR headset is separate from its Google Glass-like "Fortazela" project, which first leaked in June 2012. Digitimes adds that development on this project (pictured, top) is ongoing, though no further details about features or functionality are available.
Microsoft has been open in saying that virtual reality is something the company has been experimenting with for a long time now.
Competitor Sony announced its own virtual reality device, Project Morpheus, during GDC in March 2014, though the company hasn't said when it plans to launch the PlayStation 4 device or what it will cost. Meanwhile, the Facebook-owned Oculus Rift headset is also deep into development for PC.
Microsoft's mysterious VR project has been in development for years, and the company even gave a demonstration of the tech to Strauss Zelnick, CEO of Grand Theft Auto parent publisher Take-Two Interactive.
We have reached out to Microsoft for comment on this report, and will update this post with anything we hear back.
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Amazon has the best new deal of the day, offering Sunset Overdrive for $35, but that's only the tip of the deals iceberg going into this weekend. Both Steam and Green Man Gaming have launched their holiday sales, offering major discounts on new games every 24 and 48 hours, so make sure you check out GameSpot's Steam Winter Sale 2014 pick of the day.
Below you'll find the rest of today's best deals divided by platform:
Sony still has a $400 PlayStation 4 bundle that includes one out of four games: Destiny, NBA2K15, Far Cry 4, or LittleBigPlanet 3. You can also use this offer to get a $440 PS4 bundle that comes with The Last of Us Remastered and a PlayStation Camera.
Best Buy has a 500GB PS4 with free copies of Killzone: Shadow Fall and 22 Jump Street for $400. The retailer is also offering the Destiny white PS4 bundle for $400.
Sony has introduced the third week of holiday sales on the PlayStation Store. Some highlights from the third week of offers:
Other PS4 games deals:
Get a $10 credit when you add $60 to your PSN account with PayPal.
Starting today, GameStop is offering a $50 gift card when you buy an Xbox One.
Amazon also matched the price, so you can get the Assassin's Creed Unity Xbox One bundle, which comes with Unity and last year's Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, for $350 and get a $50 gift card along with it.
Walmart has an Xbox One with Halo: The Master Chief Collection for $350.
This week's Deals with Gold include discounts for various Assassin's Creed, and Call of Duty games, among many others. Some highlights from the list of discounted Xbox One games:
We also have a list of Xbox 360 Deals with Gold.
Steam has launched its annual Winter Sale that introduces new deals every 24 and 12 hours. These are our picks from the current batch of deals:
Humble Bundle has kicked off its Winter Sale, with discounts on more than 500 games. The store will host 48-hour deals, 12-hour flash sales, and additional offers yet to be revealed over the course of the Winter Sale. Some great deals available right now include Shadow Warrior for $4 and The Walking Dead: Season 2 for $8.49.
GOG.com's Nordic In-N-Out sale is offering up to 90 percent off some of the publisher's games, including Painkiller Black Edition for $2.
You can get SimCity 2000 for free from Origin.
Green Man Gaming has kicked off its own Green Grogre Holiday Sale with more 24-hour and 48-hour deals. Some highlights that you can grab right now:
Green Man Gaming is also offering a 20 percent discount on digital games with the code WINTER-SALE20-GROGRE.
Target has a 32GB Wii U bundled with Super Mario 3D World for $250 (in-store only).
GameStop has the PS Vita Borderlands 2 Limited Edition Bundle for $170.
Amazon is offering a 30 percent discount on a lot of mouses, keyboards, and other PC accessories.
iTunes has Tomb Raider, Tomb Raider II, and Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light for $5.
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In addition to a new Titanfall game, Respawn Entertainment has formed a second team internally that's in the early stages of development on a non-Titanfall project. Respawn co-founder Vince Zampella made the revelation on Friday in an interview with Game Informer.
In response to a question about Repsawn recently hiring longtime God of War developer Stig Asmussen, Zampella said, "There is a second team. Non-Titanfall related." Asmussen works at Respawn in the role of game director for an unspecified title, which could be Respawn's new game.
Respawn's mysterious new project could be a free-to-play or mobile game, according to previous comments from the company's COO, Dusty Welch. He said in a June interview that Asmussen was not brought on just to help with Titanfall.
"I can tell you that part of his role here is thinking about how the studio can expand and where the growth sectors are in free-to-play and mobile," he explained. "Looking at those possibilities is part of what we do."
Don't expect to see Respawn's new, non-Titanfall game, or Titanfall 2 anytime soon, however. Asked if E3 2015, which will be held in June 2015, could be a venue for Respawn's next game announcement, Zampella said, "No, I don't think so."
"Next year will be a little quiet. We'll be heads down, back to work," he said. "Next year [we will be] figuring out what we're doing and really kind of honing in on what the next games will be."
GameSpot heard from sources at GDC 2014 in March that Titanfall 2 had been greenlit following the success of the first game. Publisher Electronic Arts seemingly confirmed this later in the summer when it revealed that work had begun on "new Titanfall experiences."
Whereas the original Titanfall was exclusive to Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC, the rumored sequel, according to multiple reports, could also come to PlayStation consoles. Zampella reiterated this today, saying, "I've already said future projects will not necessarily be exclusive" to Microsoft.
Zampella also mentions in the interview today that Titanfall is approaching eight million unique users, though it's unclear how many copies of the game have actually been sold. This is up from 7 million about a month ago.