Microsoft has announced that owners of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset will soon be able to stream and play Xbox One games. The feature will, for now, simply allow users to play Xbox One games on virtual screens in virtual settings.

Oculus Rift users will be able to download the free 'Xbox One Streaming to Oculus Rift' (catchy name) app from 12 December, and it will work instantly with all existing Xbox One titles including Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, sports games and indie titles.

Backwards compatible Xbox 360 games such as Mass Effect, Call of Duty: Black Ops and Burnout Paradise will also be supported.

The app connects to your Xbox One console through your home network, with the console streaming gameplay to the Rift headset, onto one of three virtual screening rooms: "Citadel", "Retreat" and "Dome".

With no dedicated virtual reality games available on the, playing Xbox One titles on these virtual screens is the only option for users, at least for now.

This is the latest endeavour from Microsoft's working partnership with Oculus, which has seen Rift's sold with Xbox One controllers packed in. This latest development raises the question of whether the Oculus Rift headset will be supported by Microsoft's upcoming Project Scorpio.

Scorpio is to Xbox One what the PS4 Pro is to the regular PS4, only it is being touted as even more powerful. All we really know about the console so far is its 4K capabilities, HDR support, 2017 release date and that it will also support virtual reality.

In October Microsoft revealed its own virtual reality headset, but it's unclear how this device will factor into the company's Xbox plans.

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