We already know that the first edition of the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) will be far from the last. While the consumer version of the kit finally arrives early next year, Oculus VR will continue to iterate upon it, improving various features and bringing it closer and closer to the perfect device. But will PlayStation VR, the upcoming HMD for the PlayStation 4, also see multiple versions? According to Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) itself, it might not need to.
PlayStation Magic Lab Director Richard Marks was recently asked by Tom’s Hardware if PlayStation VR would see new iterations throughout the life of the PlayStation 4. “It’s a similar situation to the entire console,” Marks said. “I mean the console comes out and everyone says ‘Oh, it’s gonna be obsolete because PCs will pass it up and be more powerful’.”
He later continued: “It’s not the case, so consoles come out and they’re pretty powerful and then the game developers figure out how to get more and more out of them as it goes. And so, by the end of the life cycle, that’s when you’re still seeing the best games possible. I think the PlayStation VR is very well matched to the PlayStation 4. So it will really kind of follow its life cycle quite well. And I think you’ll see as people get more out of the console the VR experiences will similarly get better and make the PlayStation VR seem like it’s getting better. I think that same kind of thing will happen with the headset as is happening with the console.”
PlayStation VR is set to launch in the first half of 2016, though SCE is yet to give it an official release date and price. VRFocus will continue to follow the kit closely, reporting back with the latest updates on it.