Back in April 2014 VRFocus reported on news that former SEGA CEO Mike Hayes had joined virtual reality (VR) videogame developer nDreams’ board following a funding round of £250,000 GBP from his investment group, Mercia Fund Management. The move clearly demonstrated that Hayes believes in the future of VR. More recently Hayes has even stated that the technology is ‘one of the most important things’ to happen to videogames since the introduction of smartphones.
Hayes said as much in an interview with International Business Times. “It’s absolutely fundamental,” he said of VR. “I think VR is one of the most important things for the gaming industry since smartphones came into play. We know smartphones created a seismic change in how the industry is run, is developed, publishes and so forth. VR is the next piece in video games’ never-ending journey to find how they can use technology to entertain people.”
He went on to talk about British videogame development in particular, stating that the industry had always been at the ‘forefront’ of new technology for years and would ’embrace’ VR technology successfully. nDreams itself is currently working on three VR projects, including adventure title The Assembly for the Oculus Rift PC head-mounted display (HMD) and Project Morpheus PlayStation 4 HMD as well as Gunner and Perfect Beach, both of which will appear on Samsung’s Gear VR smartphone-based HMD.
Hayes comments won’t be proven true until a consumer version of an HMD is finally released. Gear VR is still expected to launch in 2014 though the launch dates for both the Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus are still yet to be revealed. It is thought that both might launch sometime in 2015. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all VR-related news, reporting back with any further developments and updates.