Why Former Playstation Dev Stated that the VR Hype is A Bit Too Much - VR Life

The Alarming Virtual Reality Craze Is Rather ‘Over-Heated’, A Statement Given By Former PlayStation VR Dev

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After 4 years of countless attempts of making VR products, Oculus has finally started to send out the retail version of the VR headset called the Oculus Rift. This means that soon enough the VR headset will be available to the public. However, we have seen that the buzz and excitement over the VR products has been greater than even imagined. To some extent, the joy is understandable as VR products give a whole new way to see the world and experience video games and other entertainment in a new 3D way which feels close to reality.

However, a former PlayStation VR developer had before-hand warned us about the ‘anti-climax’, of all the excitement about the all new technology. And he has called it “slightly over-heated.”

This was heard from Dr. David Ranyard, in an interview with MCV. Dr. David has been working with numerous VR projects including Sony London. Now, he has established his own VR studio. He is associated with VR himself and has explained that no doubt the whole phenomenon of VR is very exciting but on the other hand, he believes that the whole excitement is nonetheless a bit too over the top.

In his own words Dr. David Ranyard has said, “It feels, in all honestly, slightly over-heated. I am super into VR, so I’m very excited about it. But everybody is chasing it at the moment, so there might be an anti-climax for some people who perhaps don’t have quite the right skill that is needed at the moment, and it doesn’t quite work about it. But it is still super-exciting to see everybody talking about it.”

Dr. Ranyard has further talked about the price ranges and the most favorable of all products among the VR world. He believes that the anti-climax will occur next year at the same time when the products sales start to rise and all the super excitement will rise with time as well. But on the other hand he believes, that the most sold product will be the PlayStation VR headset because of its reasonable price. The PlayStation VR costs around $399 while the Oculus Rift will be $599 and the HTC Vive will be $799. So in his mind, the most desirable which gives the same level of excitement as well as looks upon your pocket is no doubt the PlayStation VR.

Further he has added, “My view is that there is a lot of anticipation and a lot of demand as a result of that. It will be exciting, we’ve experienced some great stuff [during GDC], so it is a big step-change in the kinds of the experience you can have, but in terms of the business-side, my personal view is that there will be a boom, particularly towards the end of the year, I think the PlayStation one will do very well because the price is very good and it is very entertainment focused. This time next year, it might be a bit of an anti-climax. But actually after that, I think it will build slow and steady.”

Moreover, in a conducted survey, the result showed that 72% of gamer console owners are eager for the VR products as compared to those who are PC gamers which numbers are only 51%. Therefore this survey shows that those who own PlayStations or Xbox One will be more eager for VR products.

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