While VR has been picking up steam gradually over the last couple years, 2016 is set to be the year that things really begin to take off, as the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Sony Playstation VR all make their way into consumer hands throughout the coming months. For those that are looking for the most affordable of the more ‘hardcore’ VR solutions, the Sony Playstation VR currently fits the bill, though it is limited to those who are willing to buy a Sony Playstation 4 game console. Or is it?
Sony Computer Entertainment’s senior vice president Masayasu Ito recently told Nikkei that it’s possible that the Playstation VR could end up with wider support than just the PS4. Here’s what was said:
“Since PlayStation 4 shares a lot of its components with PCs, the possibility is there. At the moment we are focused on games and we are not ready to make any announcements at this stage, but I’d say there will be an expansion into various fields.”
Now that’s a pretty broad statement and doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll see the Playstation VR come to the PC anytime soon. That said, we think it would make a lot of sense.
For one thing, it would allow Sony to reach even more people outside of its existing console gamer userbase. For another, it would give PC users a middle-ground option between the $600 Oculus Rift and the $800 HTC Vive, with the Sony PS VR costing around $500 (by the time you add the required camera). Also, judging by the Playstation 4’s specs, it’s likely the Playstation VR wouldn’t need quite as beefy of a PC.
If the Sony Playstation VR does make its way to PC, we imagine it won’t happen until after the initial launch, and so odds are such support won’t come until 2017 – if ever.
Source: PC Gamer