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Will VR Be Sony's Focal Point At E3?

We know Project Morphus is coming, and we know Oculus Rift has been owning headlines lately.

It's a given that virtual reality will become a very big thing in 2016, even though I have reservations and concerns (similar reservations to when everyone told me 3D would be the future of gaming).

And based on what we're hearing, industry insiders expect Sony to spend a fair amount of time on VR during their E3 conference. I'm just wondering if they will, and if that's the best idea for them, and for gamers. I understand that many are anxiously anticipating the arrival of this fancy new tech, and we know Sony internal studios are cranking on some Morpheus titles right now. But how exactly do you show these off to a crowd? Doesn't this really only work if you're wearing a headset? Oh, I know; they're going to hand out a Morpheus VR headset to everyone in the crowd.

Wouldn't that be something.

But aside from the technological difficulties of presenting virtual reality within a, uh, regular reality, I wonder if it's the proper focal point. Right now, PlayStation 4 could really use some high-profile exclusives on its radar. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End obviously tops the list right now, but the holiday lineup is lacking. Going into 2016, I want to hear about several more PS4 exclusives, as opposed to VR exclusives. The bottom line is that only a small percentage of people will purchase Morpheus right out of the gate. That being the case, I think it's a mistake to spend too long during E3 2015 - when PS4 needs some game love - blathering about VR.

That's my take, anyway.

6/12/2015 Ben Dutka

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Temjin001
Friday, June 12, 2015 @ 10:43:46 PM
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http://www.gamespot.com/articles/watch-all-the-game-trailers-from-the-oculus-confer/1100-6428017/

They'll show them off to the crowd like the videos from the link.
They'll likely have kiosks on the show floor for people to try out for themselves once e3 starts.

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Temjin001
Saturday, June 13, 2015 @ 11:29:11 AM

btw playing something like that EVE Valkyrie Oculus game would just blow my mind. I can't wait for stuff like that.

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FAREEZ
Saturday, June 13, 2015 @ 12:30:39 AM
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I hope not...

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TrueAssassin86x
Saturday, June 13, 2015 @ 6:57:15 AM
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Ugh i have no intrest in VR. hack i get headachs just thinking about it. And if its the Focal point at E3 then im aready disapointed in E3

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Beamboom
Saturday, June 13, 2015 @ 4:27:34 PM
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I'm gonna buy a VR set the INSTANCE it hits the market - with a very few reservations. I got a few requirements, but once those are fulfilled I'll be all over it.

What I read of reports of the latest development builds are convincing as hell.


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Bio
Saturday, June 13, 2015 @ 7:32:03 PM
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Given that the people who pay attention to E3 are the exact demographic that would also likely be an early adopter of VR, then yeah they should, if they want it to be a big part of their business model going forward.

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shaytoon
Sunday, June 14, 2015 @ 10:49:29 AM
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i hope not. this whole vr is another gimmick like 3d.

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FAREEZ
Sunday, June 14, 2015 @ 11:17:36 AM

Yup, VR is just like 3D and motion gaming... Hey still remember PS move? No?

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Bio
Sunday, June 14, 2015 @ 11:19:30 AM

The current VR trend may very well be fleeting, but VR is the end-game of what developers have been trying to do since the first videogame. It's just a matter of when the technology is both mature enough and commercially viable. The film industry tried 3D several times over 50-60 years, but it didn't finally catch on as A Standard Thing until Avatar, when Cameron proved that the technology was finally there, and that you could make money off it.

Oculus Rift and Morpheus may not be the Avatar the games industry wants them to be, but it'll happen eventually.

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Beamboom
Sunday, June 14, 2015 @ 2:53:01 PM

You got some exceptionally good and well reflected posts nowadays, Bio.

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Breadlover
Sunday, June 14, 2015 @ 10:44:48 PM
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I've been experimenting with the Rift's DK2 in our studio, and, from what I've experienced so far... it's still really a novelty thing. It augments your play experience, but doesn't really (and can't?) replace mainstream controls/medium for playing mainstream games. Personally, I would love for Sony to give it some floor time, but not make it a focal point of what the future holds for the Playstation platform. It could indeed be an integral part of how we play games, but to make it THE main event (much like what Kinect had become) I think would spell disaster for the beloved PS4.

Personal opinions aside, the hype is real. For what it's worth, the immersion is truly astounding. With all the tools readily available that make integrating VR as easy as a button click in certain situations (e.g. Unity VR), it's only a matter of time when we're able to see truly innovative and FUN VR-based games.

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Rachet_JC_FTW
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 @ 8:51:39 PM
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i think there will be something VR related in there but i don't think it will be their focus

happy gaming

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