Virtual Reality is undoubtedly the next big thing. It is irrefutably the future of entertainment as it provides the users with a far more enriching and fulfilling experience. All the big players like Microsoft, Sony, HTC, etc. are all vying for establishing a stronghold in the upcoming VR market. The coming years are poised to see a flood of VR devices and each of these players would like to make their reach among the consumers as far and exhaustive as possible. But most of the eyes are hooked in expectation towards Sony PlayStation VR.
Recently in an interview to Polygon, Masayasu Ito, the vice president in charge of the PlayStation VR solution said that his team has been continuously working for some time now to make sure that upcoming Sony VR products will be a product meant for the masses and not just the elite class. He said that they are in pursuit of developing a VR headset which could be easily adopted by most of the current PlayStation 4 users which stand roughly around 30 million with as little restrictions as possible.
He said,”If you just talk about the high-end quality, yes, I would admit that Oculus may have better VR. However, it requires a very expensive and very fast PC. The biggest advantage for Sony is our headset works with PS4. It’s more for everyday use, so it has to be easy to use, and it has to be affordable. This is not for the person who uses a high-end PC. It’s for the mass market.”
It seems that Sony is on the track as it would be far more convenient for users who own a PS4 to just buy a VR headset which works with the console rather than an entire expensive setup. Sony has, however, not yet revealed any official launch date or price but it seems very clear from these statements that Sony is well aware of the pivotal importance of the VR market.
If reports from Gamestop is to be believed, then Sony may bring its VR headset in summer this year or by the end of this year but as we said earlier, Sony is still tight-lipped. Sony is currently developing about 100 titles for the PlayStation VR and they will be somehow fitted into the PS4 UI.
Oculus Rift is already getting ready to be shipped but as we had told earlier, you need a hefty rig to run this, so think carefully before you choose to purchase this for about $599. The HTC and Valve made Vive was unveiled at the MWC this year and it will also go on sale in April. It will come with full room VR but the price tag is even higher.
We expect Sony to bring its PlayStation VR at a reasonable price, i.e, somewhere around the price of the PlayStation 4. Sony may come up with interesting offers and game bundles. We will still have to wait a fair bit before the PlayStation VR actually comes up. Stay tuned for more news and info and do leave your comments below.