Sony is on a roll as of late, making massive announcements that are largely responsible for shaking the community to its core. The latest in this line of announcements comes directly from Sony that talks about long-term plans for its PlayStation VR headset.
Translated from Japanese, the quotation states that Sony is in favor of bringing the PlayStation VR headset to PC systems in the future, but right now the focus is solely on games and content.
This announcement officially iterates Sony’s intentions of entering a digital battlefield of next-generation gaming systems that will take place on PC systems. The real question is, how much of an impact will this have on rival systems being produced by HTC and Oculus?
Examining the fact at a glance, currently the only actual company that has been able to get its VR sets across is Oculus, with the official shipping date passing on March 25. But people need extremely high-end systems to get it up and running, whereas on the other hand we have Sony’s PlayStation VR set to be released in October 2016. Sony’s device will come ready-to-use with your PlayStation 4 console system (you might need a few extra peripherals) but essentially the console is the main component.
The main advantage Sony has is the fact that they have developers on its side, working diligently to create content exclusively for the PSVR device. That is where most of the difference will be, as more people will be able to experience more content, should they opt to invest into Sony.
On the other hand we have HTC and Oculus devices that promise the very best of VR and AR technology that will surely blow your mind, but do they have enough content to out-rival the geniuses at Sony?
Looking at things from a different perspective, developers will be more anxious to work on games that require relatively less work and higher exposure pay-off, in terms of player-base and that is something which Sony can offer. In comparison, PSVR will offer a basic Virtual Reality experience that can be experienced as more of a casual, entertaining feature but can offer to more people.
Another thing that is worth mentioning is the fact that Sony has gone down this road before, when they opted to include a full-fledged DVD player in its PlayStation 2 console. That console eventually went on replace VCR’s and other VCD/DVD players in lounges, as it was more cost-effective and versatile in its uses.
Sony has set itself up in perhaps the smartest, safest position possible, ahead of this impending shift towards the technologies of tomorrow. As other manufacturers focus on quality, Sony is playing their cards in favor of bringing the tech to the masses and if things work out as good as they talk about in interviews, we could be seeing a perfect alternative for mass-produced VR technology.