Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) has answered one of the biggest questions surrounding its upcoming virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) for PlayStation 4 this week. During its Tokyo Game Show (TGS) press conference in Japan the company renamed the device from Project Morpheus to PlayStation VR. This hopefully marks the beginning of a season of announcements for the device, which is set to launch in the first half of next year but, for now, the company still seems to be focused on the kit’s potential over release details.
Speaking with Bloomberg, SCE CEO Andrew House noted that, in his opinion, VR ‘rewrites the rule book’ on how developers make videogames. “VR rewrites the rule book on how you can create games,” House said. “You’re seeing a large amount of interest and work happening among smaller teams, because it’s possible to create something in VR that is very simple but still very magical.” According to the site, House also mentioned that PlayStation VR will be priced as ‘a new gaming platform’, though no direct quote was offered.
That could mean that consumers are facing a price tag for PlayStation VR that’s similar to the console that runs it. Will that prove to be too much for the tech to catch on with a mass audience? Certainly the creators of other HMDs such as the Oculus Rift have acknowledged that the first generation of this hardware is ‘relatively primitive’, suggesting that the tech may need to both upgrade and come down in price before it has a chance at true mainstream adoption later down the line.
VRFocus will continue to follow PlayStation VR closely, reporting back with any further updates on its progress.