Ready Player One is Still Years From Reality
Despite the fact that VR is likely to become an integral part of gaming in the future, we’re still a ways off from it becoming the standard. In recent years we’ve seen the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive becoming more prevalent, allowing for VR play on Steam, and we’ve also seen PlayStation get in on the action with the PSVR, becoming the first established console to do so, but it’s taking the gaming community a while to adapt.
Of course, this is to be expected. A decent gaming PC can cost thousands of dollars, and a new console costs hundreds. At a certain point most players would settle for playing on a TV or monitor, and by and large developers have respected that: while there are VR exclusive games they’re mostly smaller scale experiences, but it’s possible to simply use a VR headset as a monitor in itself, meaning that if you have a VR headset you can still play most, if not all, of your favorite games using the experience, making it especially good for first person games such as Resident Evil 7: Biohazard.
Still, PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan seems to believe that we won’t see VR becoming an essential part of gaming, or even a meaningful one, for years to come.
“I think we’re more than a few minutes from the future of VR,” Ryan said, in an interview with The Washington Post. “PlayStation believes in VR. Sony believes in VR, and we definitely believe at some point in the future, VR will represent a meaningful component of interactive entertainment. Will it be this year? No. Will it be next year? No. But will it come at some stage? We believe that.” This doesn’t mean that Sony are giving up on the medium by a long shot, and they’re still planning to integrate PSVR with the PS5, but it’ll be a long time before you see one in every home, or even see big budget VR exclusive releases on the scale of what’s currently available for console.
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