Is Project Scarlett compatible with Oculus Rift S?

Madalina Dinita
by Madalina Dinita
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  • Microsoft's Project Scarlett is supposed to take gaming one step beyond with its cutting-edge key features including 8K graphics with 120Hz frame rates.
  • One question is on every games aficionado's mind: will it or will it not support VR? If it does, will it run on Windows Mixed Reality or jump on the Oculus Rift S train instead?
  • Explore the topic in our article below and make sure to stay up to date with the exciting news Microsoft is preparing for all of us.
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For those of you who don’t know, Project Scarlett is a new console revealed at E3 2019.

Among the mind-blowing 120 FPS, 8K resolutions, and the elimination of load speeds, the console is reportedly based on custom Ryzen Zen2 CPU and Navi GPU architecture.

Because there’s still plenty of time until the console’s launch, a lot of speculation has started emerging regarding other features this next-gen console may have.

One burning question is whether or not Project Scarlett is compatible with Oculus Rift S.

As most of you may already know, Oculus already has heavy support from Valve’s Steam and they have already made their claim on the VR market so far.

Project Scarlett and Windows Mixed Reality

While logic may dictate that Microsoft may try to push their own Windows Mixed Reality into the VR market more, that doesn’t necessarily mean that Project Scarlett would support Windows Mixed Reality exclusively.

The difference between the current Xbox hardware and Project Scarlett is that Project Scarlett will run using a universal OS called Windows Core OS.

Windows Core OS is essentially a modular platform, so any function and any device Microsoft builds for it will be compatible.

This shift from Windows API to a universal OS is due to the game industry’s tendency to shift towards building games and apps for consoles, PCs, xCloud, and VR simultaneously.

Thus, they save time by building the base software framework and applying small tweaks depending on the supported hardware, rather than creating the software on PC, then spending months porting the data to all the other platforms.

So, is Project Scarlett compatible with Oculus Rift S?

Since Oculus Rift S requires Windows 10 as an OS and as long as Project Scarlett will run using the Windows Core OS, there should be no issue with the two of them being compatible with each other.

FAQ: Learn more about Project Scarlett and Xbox

  • What is Microsoft Project Scarlett?

Project Scarlett is Microsoft’s next-gen gaming console offering key features such as AMD Zen 2 powered custom-developed processor, 8K graphics with 120Hz frame rates, live ray tracing, graphicsarchitecture based on Radeon RDNA and GDDR6 based RAM.

  • Is Project Scarlett a Xbox one?

Project Scarlett might be considered a gamer console, but not in a traditional way. In addition to the numerous cutting-edge features, it is based on a cloud gaming service.

  • Can Xbox One players play with Xbox Scarlett players?

No, the games designed for Scarlett will not work on the Xbox One and vice versa. Users having purchased Xbox One will be offered the possibility to jump on the Scarlett train.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in June 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in March 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.