Sony: We Will Continuously Support PSVR With New Experiences
Sony has been releasing exclusive titles for its virtual reality headset, PSVR, including the critically acclaimed Farpoint and the company plans to bring more titles like The Inpatient and they don’t plan to stop there as Sony Interactive Entertainment has revealed that more new experiences will come to PSVR.
Speaking during GameStop Expo, Vice President of marketing for Sony, Asad Qizilbash, said that Sony has no intention of leaving the VR market behind and they will work to bring new experiences to PSVR. According to Qizilbash, the company is “Super Focused” on PSVR and intends to double its efforts to bring “some really good games” to the virtual reality headset.
However, the majority of the PSVR game library consists of indie titles such as Farpoint but, according to Qizilbash, he considers it an AAA title due to the level of immersion the game provides. He concluded that Sony will maintain a balance between AAA and indie titles for its VR headset.
Sony is very serious about its VR headset which is hardly surprising since it has been selling well. According to a report, the Over 400,000 units were shipped in the first quarter of 2017.
However, Sony’s competitor Microsoft is also jumping into the market with Windows Mixed Reality. Recently, Microsoft announced that Windows Mixed Reality bundle will be available for $399. However, the system required for smoother experience starts at $499 which makes the buy-in into the Mixed Reality around $900.
Windows Mixed Reality will be available later this year and will also support Steam content like Steam VR. According to Valve’s Joe Ludwig, the compatibility of Steam VR for Windows Mixed Reality is “a big step in growing VR as an open platform for developers and consumers”.
Windows Mixed Reality offers both VR and AR experiences and is powered by Windows 10 and the Universal Windows Platform (UWP). The system is quite flexible as it can scale to a variety of hardware.