With consumer-level virtual reality (VR) on the verge of taking off, one might think that companies involved in the space would be busy trying to get ahead of their competition. The reality is quite different; major players such as Oculus VR and Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) are known to be collaborating in order to ensure that VR is as successful as possible when the likes of the Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus head-mounted displays (HMDs) do finally release. In fact, the latter has recently gone as far as to say the pair know each other ‘very well’.
Shuhei Yoshida, SCE’s Head of Worldwide Studios, said as much to Polygon in an interview. He noted that both Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe and Oculus Rift creator Palmer Luckey had ties to SCE before they ran 2012’s historic Kickstarter campaign. “We know each other very well,” Yoshida said. “Brendan used to work at Gaikai. Palmer, before he started the Kickstarter, we knew him. So we share the same understanding that when a company like ours makes efforts, commercial efforts, as a well-funded company with commercial backing, and they are now as well with Facebook backing.”
Of course, these two kits will eventually be competing when they release to the masses. The Oculus Rift, which runs on PCs, will be shipping in the first quarter of 2016, while Project Morpheus is currently billed for the first half of 2016. Just how these two companies will continue to work together when competing for sales remains to be seen. VRFocus will continue to follow the latest VR updates, reporting back to you.