The gaming industry is doing spectacularly, and Sony’s latest console is at the forefront.
In an interview with GamesIndustry.biz at Paris Games Week, when taking about the recent price cuts to the PlayStation 4, Sony’s Michael Denny said, “I don’t think there’s a better time to buy into PlayStation – PS4 particularly. Our installed base now is well over 25 million.”
It’s a casual remark, to be sure, but it certainly has far reaching implications.
Given the current PS4 user base, PlayStation VR (PSVR, previously going by Project Morpheus) has a rather large point of entry, and Sony is determined to do it right – they’re even going so far as to call PSVR a “new system”.
“We’re talking about launching a new system next year, we’ll get it right and deliver the best experience,” said Denny.
Virtual reality certainly is an exciting prospect, and Sony has the opportunity to take pole position in the VR gaming race.
Its specs certainly won’t match the Oculus Rift’s, but it also won’t cost nearly as much. The Oculus Rift was initially announced to cost more than $300 (R4, 000 plus), but Oculus thinks it’ll likely cost around $400 (approximately R5, 500). And that’s before you factor in the costs of the PC rig you’ll need to power the thing.
That’s why, as opposed to the predicted 5 million units sold for the Oculus Rift next year, Sony is predicted to do quite a bit better.
What we expect is to be able to deliver a fantastic PSVR experience to our customers and consumers and you mention a lot of reasons there that I absolutely buy into. We have a large installed base of keen gamers who we know want to try these new experiences, and we have a plug and play system.”
So as far as Sony is concerned, it’s nothing but green lights all the way to the bank, just don’t expect a new PlayStation Vita as a result. That’s not happening.