Seems like Sony Corp (SNE) wants to lock horns with other VR manufacturers on PC
Sony Corp (NYSE: SNE) has expressed great interest in seeing its PlayStation VR headset launch on PC. The firm’s virtual reality headset is currently being primed and readied for an official worldwide launch in October for PlayStation 4. However, the company believes that there is great potential to be had with a PC-compatible PlayStation VR headset as well, despite the fact that the Windows platform is already expecting the arrival of two major hitters: Oculus Rift and HTC Vive this year.
Speaking with Nikkei, Senior Vice President at Sony Computer Entertainment, Masayasu Ito explained that there are already a lot of common hardware components between the PlayStation 4 and PC. Tweaking PlayStation VR to enable support for PC is a “possibility.” That being said, Sony is currently focused on its VR content and the launch lineup for fall; hence, is not ready to make any announcements. Ito, however, stated that consumers can expect the virtual reality device to expand into “various fields” with time.
Placing all three devices side-by-side, PlayStation VR is the weakest and cheapest of the lot. According to early reports and considering the product’s specifications, PlayStation VR is going to offer a low-end VR experience. In comparison, the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are not only expensive but also demand a sizable rig (worth $1,000+) to run.
The magic with the PlayStation VR is that its base-device – PlayStation 4 – is already owned by millions out there. This essentially makes the headset a plug-n-play product, without the hassle of upgrading a system. If PlayStation VR does indeed arrive on PC, it will be a way for consumers to experience a low-end VR experience.
To be clear, PlayStation VR may be cheap, but its VR quality is not at all rubbish. When put against the likes of HTC Vive, however, it’s not that amazing as well. It falls somewhere between, and the associated games will be the final say on how good Sony’s VR offering is.