Asked by the Washington Post, the CEO of the PlayStation division, Jim Ryan, spoke about virtual reality. The opportunity for a double talk, believing that Sony believes in VR … but that it will not invest in it for all that over the next few years.
Sony is a very strong believer in VR, but won’t launch new headphones until the market takes off to real heights. This is implicit in what we can understand from Jim Ryan’s statements. In an interview with the Washington Post, the boss of the PlayStation division recalled Sony’s interest in virtual reality while clearly suggesting that the firm would no longer attach particular importance to it for several years.
An expected posture while the Japanese giant has been evasive, for several months now, about the future of VR in its short and medium term strategy.
No new PSVR in sight… but the PS5 compatible with the current model
« I think the future of VR [n’est pas pour maintenant] Jim Ryan said. ” PlayStation believes in VR. Sony believes in VR, and we are confident that at some point in the future, virtual reality will be a significant component of interactive entertainment. Will it be this year? No. Will it be next year? No. But will it come at some point? We think so “, he added.
The CEO of PlayStation has nevertheless indicated that the PlayStation 5, expected on November 19, will be compatible with the current PlayStation VR headset. On the other hand, it will be necessary to use a specific adapter dedicated to the PlayStation Camera of the PS4… and not to the helmet itself. The PlayStation 5 camera will be incompatible with the PSVR.
As The Verge recently reported, this adapter will be available for free, but you will need to fill out a specific form for Sony to send it to you.
In the meantime, the brand is relegating VR to a technology that will probably be successful ” later in the future “, But considers that the market it occupies does not represent anything” significant “For 2020 and 2021. A very dull vision of the situation while Facebook (parent company of Oculus) has just launched a new Oculus Quest 2 headset. Last month, Jim Ryan nevertheless estimated that VR remained a” unexplored territory “For which Sony was still” really intrigued and very enthusiastic ».