Sony Computer Entertainment Vice President Masayasu Ito admits that the PlayStation VR might not be able to match the Oculus Rift in terms of quality.
Gamers looking forward to the PlayStation VR may not only have to wait until the Fall to get their hands on it, but also accept that the virtual reality hardware may not be able match the high standards left by the presumably more expensive Oculus Rift. Though Sony’s own VR device currently has no price, it is expected to come in under the Oculus Rift’s price, and the $799 price point for the HTC Vive.
Sony Computer Entertainment Vice President Masayasu Ito recently compared the PlayStation VR directly to its biggest rival, the Oculus Rift, and had to give the Facebook-owned VR headset the advantage when comparing the quality of the two devices. While coming in at a lower price point is certainly a good selling point for Sony, it means the company has to reduce the value of the device itself in terms of hardware, which is where the comments came to fruition to begin with – and Ito certainly didn’t shy away from admitting the Oculus has a definite advantage:
If you just talk about the high-end quality, yes, I would admit that Oculus may have better VR.
As one might expect, Ito’s comment was followed by a defense for the PlayStation VR, where he pointed out that those who use Sony’s device don’t have to worry about a high-end PC gaming rig or breaking their bank to experience the new technology.
However, it requires a very expensive and very fast PC. The biggest advantage for Sony is our headset works with PS4. It’s more for everyday use, so it has to be easy to use and it has to be affordable. This is not for the person who uses a high-end PC. It’s for the mass market.
Earlier this year, Nvidia speculated that only 13 million PC gamers running Nvidia hardware had PCs powerful enough to smoothly run Oculus technology, while Sony has managed to push around 34 million PlayStation 4 consoles around the globe.
Sony is hosting a PlayStation VR event at the Game Developers Conference next week, where it is expected the company will finally reveal the release date and price for its VR headset. Sony will likely also show off some of the upcoming games for the device, which was enticing enough to prompt Hideo Kojima to visit the development team earlier this year.
What do you think about the PlayStation VR, Ranters?
The PlayStation VR is expected to release this fall.