Virtual Reality has been in the tech-world for a number of years at this point, but it’s only recently gotten to the point of actually seeming to have the potential to be viable technology. There are many headsets out there from a variety of large technology companies like HTC, Oculus, Google, and many others. Sony and Microsoft are also actively pushing the market with their own projects: the PlayStation VR and Microsoft HoloLens. While it seems like these two companies may be going at each other in the console space, they’re actually business partners when it comes to advancing VR tech.
Phil Spencer, the Head of Xbox, was recently interviewed by TIME. One of the topics that came up was Microsoft’s work in the virtual reality space. He mentioned HoloLens, but also admitted that the team has invited Sony personnel to check out their work and collaborate on ideas. Here’s what he had to say:
“I love the work that Sony’s doing in this space, we’ve been great collaborators working and sharing. We’ve had them up to see the HoloLens stuff, and they’ve been giving us demos. I think about HTC and Oculus. The community is way more cooperative than competitive, because we all realize we’re at the starting line, when the finish line you can’t even see. I think to get to real scale here, we’re in that 5 to 10 year horizon to get to untethered, things that happen that I don’t feel like I have a helmet on. But we have to go through the transitions.”
They may be competitors when it comes to selling the most consoles, but at the end of the day, Sony and Microsoft are still two technology giants that are working to continue to push hardware to new heights.