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Sony Executive Says PlayStation VR Has More “Mass Market” Appeal Than Competitors

by Dean James

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Virtual Reality seems to be the future in gaming, or at least that is what many of the major names in the industry are hoping for, with Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive already priced and dated, and PlayStation VR coming sometime this year. The latter is expected to come in at a cheaper price than its competitors and that is going to help them reach a larger audience according to Sony.

PlayStation VR still has no set release date or price, though Sony certainly keeps discussing the product quite a lot. The latest came in an article from Polygon that featured quotes from major names at Sony, one of which was PlayStation executive vice president Masayasu Ito.

For awhile now it has been expected that PlayStation VR would not be quite as powerful as its counterparts, which Ito also says, but he said that is important for one reason.

“If you just talk about the high-end quality, yes, I would admit that Oculus may have better VR. However, it requires a very expensive and very fast PC. The biggest advantage for Sony is our headset works with PS4. It’s more for everyday use, so it has to be easy to use and it has to be affordable. This is not for the person who uses a high-end PC. It’s for the mass market.”

This does make a lot of sense, as PCs continually beat out consoles themselves with the specs if you can afford it, so logically you would assume the same would go with the likely more expensive VR headsets.

It definitely will be great to have a more affordable option for consumers that already own as a PS4, rather than needing to buy a serious gaming rig just to be able to handle the completely separate expensive VR headset like the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive.

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