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Yoshida: PlayStation VR Release Will Be Like ‘launching a new platform’

PlayStation VR, Sony Computer Entertainment’s (SCE’s) virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) for PlayStation 4 has been making headlines over the past few weeks. This was firstly to do with its new name, recently changed from the Project Morpheus working title, which was quickly followed up by a comment from SCE CEO Andrew House that the kit would be priced like a new platform. Now SCE’s popular Head of Worldwide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida, has said that the device’s actual release will also compare to ‘launching a new platform’.

Project Morpheus

Yoshida made the comment in a recent interview with Eurogamer. “It’s like launching a new platform, and it’s a huge effort, and it’s super-exciting,” he said of the upcoming device. Indeed, PlayStation VR will feature its own launch line-up when it releases, just as any new console or peripheral would be expected to have.

Yoshida also touched upon the kit’s new name and what it meant for the type of content that fans can expect to see on the platform: “As PlayStation, we’re always gaming focussed,” he said. “But you know that lots of people use PlayStation for non-games, like consuming entertainment, streaming… So we believe the same for PlayStation VR. The people who know PlayStation as a great entertainment system, a gaming system, and enjoying video contents as well. In the same way, because it’s such a new thing, VR, most people, for the first time really try the modern VR, so instead of putting some exotic names for that, we believe that it’s better to associate with PlayStation brand that people know as a fun product.”

PlayStation VR is expected to launch in the first half of 2016. Fans are hoping to hear more on the device at SCE’s upcoming Paris Games Show press conference in late October. VRFocus will continue to follow the kit closely, reporting back with the latest updates on its progress.