Consumer virtual reality (VR) technology will finally reach the market this year with the Gear VR and HTC Vive head-mounted displays (HMDs) and expand in 2016 with the Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR. But, while the devices may finally find their way onto store shelves, the VR community is well aware that they likely won’t be a huge success out of the gate thanks to factors such as price. That said, Sony Computer Entertainment’s (SCE’s) has recently stated that it has heard from an ‘overwhelming’ amount of people that they would buy PlayStation VR after trying it.
Yoshida’s comments are based off of PlayStation VR’s recent showing at the 2015 Tokyo Game Show in September. Speaking with Kinda Funny Games, he noted that ‘so many’ people at the show had said they would pick up the device.
Yoshida started by explaining SCE’s new approach to showing PlayStation VR at TGS. He revealed that, for the first time, the company allowed attendees to select which demo they wanted to see on the HMD, whereas other events had seen it lead people to whichever booth was available. “So for the first time at TGS we were able to make it happen,” he said, “and the reaction was amazing. I cannot mention the specific number but the number of people that tried, we asked the question there, so many, overwhelming people said they would buy PlayStation VR.
“It’s easy to say you’d buy but compared to any other things we do during our work, the impact, the questionnaire, the answers to the questions where overwhelming. So we knew going in that we have to get people to experience it and it’s totally true,” Yoshida concluded.
As he said, it’s easy for consumers to simply say they’d buy PlayStation VR, especially with factors such as price still to be announced. It certainly is encouraging to hear of such a positive response from consumers, however. VRFocus will continue to follow PlayStation VR closely, reporting back with any further updates on the device.