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Why Sony Thinks Battlefront VR Will Push PlayStation VR Units

We've already established that the first PlayStation VR games really have to impress in order to get this new tech off the ground.

Well, perhaps one of the most important early VR titles will be the virtual reality version of Star Wars: Battlefront.

Sony certainly has high hopes for it. In a recent Fortune interview with Sony vice president of marketing John Koller, we find out that Sony wants to give the VR Battlefront the "killer app" tag:

"We are working with EA, DICE, Lucasfilm, and Disney to try and make that experience something so special and so intrinsic to what's in many people's DNA, which is, 'How can I be in that world of Star Wars?' Battlefront is going to be one of those games that will really show gamers what it means to be in the world of VR. It's very special. And just by the nature of it being designed as a VR experience, it's going to be very different than the PlayStation 4 game."

It's also important to note that the VR iteration of Battlefront will be exclusive to PlayStation VR, though Koller explained the difference between exclusive VR games and traditional exclusives. For instance, he says it "really depends on what experience that person wants and what they think will be great." This makes it a little harder to pinpoint a game on the VR side and say, "that's the game that will drive hardware sales."

Koller is pretty convinced that Battlefront will be a boon for PlayStation VR, though:

"Star Wars is a great example of something that we will really own during that launch period. But over time there will be games that launch, where we’ve been helping with the development process, that will be most special on PlayStation VR, whether it's exclusive or not. It's going to be best played on PlayStation VR."

Sony's anticipated virtual reality device will be out this October and retail for $399, though if you don't have the PlayStation Camera, you'll need to shell out an additional $59. There's an official Launch Bundle (but it may be hard to get now), and Sony claims there are 160 games currently in development, with 50 slated for 2016.

Related Game(s): Star Wars: Battlefront

Tags: star wars battlefront vr, battlefront playstation vr, psvr

3/26/2016 11:16:32 AM Ben Dutka

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bigrailer19
Saturday, March 26, 2016 @ 11:54:27 AM
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I really don't it see it being any different than the game we all have now. This seems like a stretch to get more people on board since the reception for Battlefront has dwindled. Until proven wrong - which I could be - this doesn't seem like a good game (comp. MP) to make these claims with. The experience is still based on other human players which makes it far less predictable. Where I think VR is best suited when a game can be built around that predictability of gameplay and story.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, March 26, 2016 @ 7:11:25 PM

They only announced the title and release window, no more info so whatcha basing that on?

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bigrailer19
Saturday, March 26, 2016 @ 7:29:57 PM

Just an inkling is all. I'll probably be wrong to some extent, but considering how lazy they were with what we have now I feel it'll be similar.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, March 26, 2016 @ 7:56:37 PM

Using the Star Wars name to further the VR does make it worrisome, but if they eff this up people will light their hair on fire.

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bigrailer19
Saturday, March 26, 2016 @ 8:39:43 PM

Haha yeah they will. But I share your optimism regarding light sabers!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, March 26, 2016 @ 7:05:46 PM
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It'll have to be very different from the game now which is generic. But if I can havwe a light sabre in a virtual world to use as I please then it's all over. The dream is actualized. Nothing else matters ever. Except maybe E cup breasts.

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Underdog15
Sunday, March 27, 2016 @ 1:48:04 AM
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Eh... it'd be neat, sure, but we all know we'd get just as bored of the game in half an hour.

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mk ultra
Sunday, March 27, 2016 @ 3:33:26 AM
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I'm still enjoying Battlefront from time to time. I'm probably not going to buy it again for VR, but... awww who am I kidding? I probably will. It's Star Wars in VR! Might be impossible to pass up.

It being "designed as a VR experience" and being "very different than the PS4 game" makes it sound like they're putting it on rails or something. That would be horrible.

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