Former PlayStation Exec: ‘The Price Point of PSVR Puts PlayStation In A Strong Position’

“I think VR in general is here to stay,” says former Director of Strategic Content for PlayStation.

Posted By | On 05th, Apr. 2016 Under News | Follow This Author @GamingBoltTweet


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Unless you are living under a rock, you must be aware about who Shahid Kamal Ahmad is. He was a former Director of Strategic Content for PlayStation and was one of the individuals responsible for bringing some fantastic games to the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. Furthermore, he also signed off a number of PlayStation VR games before leaving Sony.

GamingBolt recently spoke to Shahid and asked him about his thoughts on the PlayStation VR and its low entry price of $399/€399/£349.

“The price point of PSVR puts PlayStation in a strong position. They have a large, active installed base for their headset already, and probably the most consumer-friendly device of the serious contenders,” he told us. However just like with every new technology, PlayStation VR will take time before it becomes mainstream. “I think VR in general is here to stay, and it’s only going to keep getting better with every generation. TV will likely not go away, but VR is well poised to become the new medium; just don’t expect this to happen overnight!”

He also commented on the key ingredients that could make VR successful both in the short and long term. “I have a golden rule for VR: Don’t break the spell. Once someone is in VR, you want them to forget they’re there. That’s a combination of technique, technology, pacing and design. It’s a brand new challenge. Ergonomics will also be important, as will ease of setup. Input is also not quite there yet, but it’s moving in the right direction.”

Shahid definitely has a point here. With a price point of $399 and a possible 40 million PS4 install base by October, Sony may have a surprisingly successful launch with the PlayStation VR.

Stay tuned for our full interview with Shahid soon.

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  • Doggystyle

    “I think VR in general is here to stay,”

    The Xbox One?, not so much.

    • Truth™ PSVR 960×1080®

      VR is here to stay but not on the POS4. 720p vr on underpowered consoles that require an NSA spycam. LOL.

    • Doggystyle

      Do people normally acknowledge your comments around here? Just wondering.

    • Truth™ PSVR 960×1080®

      Considering you don’t have any sort of rebuttal at all. They never can face the truth that the POS4 is a turd 🙂

  • Ian Henry

    $399 is a pretty strong price but will it be accepted by the mainstream?

    • Doggystyle

      Constant preorder sellouts everywhere say,…..

      “huh?”
      “mainstream?”
      “what?”

    • Truth™ PSVR 960×1080®

      Constant low batch runs are “sell outs”. LOL

      Wonderbook 2.0. Sonycucks in damage control 🙂

  • Mr Xrat

    Yep. I remember when Xgimps insisted it owuld be $899. They got silenced pretty quick.

    • Truth™ PSVR 960×1080®

      I remember when Sonycucks said it would have games. Now it only has games even mobile VR would laugh at. And Sony has to sell this trash on stage at E3.

      Gonna be a long year for you, ruggarell. 🙂


 

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