Jim Ryan thinks it could be a few years before VR gets where it needs to be.
Of the three platform holders, it was Sony who went hard into the VR space. With the PSVR, they became one of the bigger providers of platform for the new tech. As Sony’s PS5 is very close to release, we’ve not heard a peep officially about a new headset (though the PS5 is compatible with PSVR, though you’ll need an adapter if you use the PS5 camera). It’s hard to say where Sony lands on it nowadays, but the PlayStation CEO at least sees VR’s future, even if it’s not going to be soon.
In an interview with The Washington Post, Jim Ryan spoke somewhat about the future of PSVR. He seemed enthusiastic that there is a future down the line for the VR tech to have meaningful impact on entertainment. However, he was also careful to say that future could be fairly far off, saying it’ll probably be several years down the line before said impact is felt.
“I think we’re more than a few minutes from the future of VR,” Ryan said. “PlayStation believes in VR. Sony believes in VR, and we definitely believe at some point in the future, VR will represent a meaningful component of interactive entertainment.
“Will it be this year? No. Will it be next year? No. But will it come at some stage? We believe that. And we’re very pleased with all the experience that we’ve gained with PlayStation VR, and we look forwarding to seeing where that takes us in the future.”
As mentioned before, we know little about a PSVR 2, though there are rumors and patents floating around that point to what the device could look like. More companies have entered than the VR field, with Facebook being probably the biggest with their Oculus series. While there’s clearly a push for the tech on some level, it doesn’t seem to have caught on little some thought or hoped. It’ll be interesting to see where it goes from here.