Kojima says he would like to do something with VR, but he can’t find the time to do it.
Hideo Kojima is a man who’s always looking to leverage new technologies and make use of them in interesting ways in his games, and undoubtedly, the two areas with the most potential right now are virtual reality and cloud streaming. Both of them are, at least right now, in the budding stages, but if things go right, they can both see exponential growth in the coming years.
So what does Kojima have to say about them? Speaking in an interview with Rocket Beans Gaming (which you can view below), Kojima said that VR is something he’s quite interested in and wants to work with, but doesn’t see himself having enough free time to do so.
“Well I want to create something [where] you don’t get 3D motion sickness,” said Kojima via a translator (transcribed by Upload VR). “But for VR, I’m really interested in it [but] I think I’m not free enough.
“I said [on] the panel yesterday – in the 120 years that the [Lumiere] brothers created, we have a monitor or we have this square like [a] iPad or iPhone. We have a frame, right? VR [is] kind of freed from the limitation of this frame aspect. So I want to do it, definitely, but I don’t have really time right now to concentrate on VR.”
Kojima, however, feels that though VR has a lot of potential, as far as the immediate future is concerned – a timeframe of the next five years, to be precise – cloud streaming is going to be the next big thing for the industry, which is something he’s posited previously as well.
“Using VR is probably maybe not [like a] game, more of an art or an education or simulator,” he said. “I think it will be a breakthrough using VR. But in the next 5 years, I think streaming will be the biggest thing and if you’re streaming you cannot put framerates as much as you want, but in VR the framerate is really important. Right now, streaming cannot catch up to the VR aspect, so I think VR is a good time to develop.”
Kojima’s upcoming Death Stranding – which focuses on neither VR nor on cloud streaming – is out for the PS4 on November 8, while it was also recently announced that it will be releasing on PC next year, where it will be published by 505 Games. Reviews for Death Stranding will go live on November 1, while a launch trailer is going live tomorrow, so stay tuned for any and all updates.