With virtual reality coming to consumers this year most notably in the forms of the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Playstation VR, the companies behind the headsets are really going to have to vie for our attention to prove why their headset should be our first choice – because chances are, at the moment, you’re probably only going to want to pick up one.
When the price of the Oculus Rift was revealed recently, it caused a bit of a furore, with Palmer Luckey having to apologise for “handling the messaging poorly” when it came to the headset’s £499 price tag. We thought that seemed fairly reasonable, but when you consider the costs of upgrading your PC to meet the specs VR requires, outlay increases substantially.
One way to really convince consumers to invest in your headset is to promise an exciting amount of content, which is probably why Sony’s Chief Executive Kaz Hirai told the BBC at CES that Playstation VR has around 100 titles, maybe more, in development.
“We have more than 200 developers signed up for the Playstation VR program who are working on probably about 100 or more titles that will play on PlayStation VR. It is a testament to the kind of support we’re getting from the content creation community on PlayStation VR.”
The key word here is “probably.” So far the Playstation VR has 50 confirmed titles and we imagine it’s hard to know how many are going to end up finished products with so many independent developers working at once, or even what the exact nature of these titles will be. Besides that, there’s no guarantee that these games will be exclusive to the Playstation VR headset; it’s likely developers will be working across several platforms in order to reach the most players.
Still, it was a good idea to try and push the idea that Playstation VR has a lot of content worth waiting for, rather than mention price points and release dates – it’s the content we’re really waiting to find out more about and it seems highly unlikely that the Playstation VR is going to be selling any cheaper or sooner than the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift.
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