PlayStation VR will sell millions thanks to accessibility, says developer

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Sony has been the last of the three VR horses to get out of the gates, but we’re expecting to have a price and release date within the next week courtesy of GDC. Oculus and HTC, by comparison, have already shocked some into silence with the prices of the Rift and Vive, retailing at $599 and $799 respectively. Sony is fighting an uphill battle already, but at least one developer thinks that it’ll sell the best out of the three. In fact, he thinks it will easily sell well into the millions.

WCCFTech caught up with Alfonso del Cerro, founder of Pentadimensional Games, who is currently working on Megaton Rainfall – just one of the many VR titles set to launch with PSVR later this year. When asked about the market viability of PSVR considering the expected high price, Cerro brushed off concerns. He’s convinced PSVR will be more successful than the Vive or Rift for one simple reason –accessibility.

I think PSVR will ship millions… Here in Spain I know a lot more people who own a PlayStation 4 than a high-end PC ready for VR.

Alfonso also believes that technically, the PSVR is the superior product. The Rift and Vive are also incredibly dependent on powerful hardware being able to keep the framerate stable during positional tracking, something which the PSVR manages while outputting at a smooth 120FPS. It might not reach the same visual fidelity, but del Cerro believes its stability is far more important.

It generates 120 frames per second, taking into account the movement of the head, even when the game fails to achieve 60 frames per second. Which means that there is no jittering at all. You can play Megaton Rainfall for 1 hour and won’t see any frame out of sync. I can’t say the same for the VR experiences on my PC.

And he’s probably right. When it comes to VR, having a jitter free, smooth experience is far more important, and sometimes the difference between a pleasant playing experience and motion sickness. Sony is really going to have a hard time convincing people to drop what everyone is expecting to be close to the same as a new console, but its accessibility is a huge help. Being able to just plug and play is what consoles are about, and PSVR needs to be just as easy.

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We’ll know a lot more very, very soon.

Last Updated: March 9, 2016

Alessandro Barbosa

You can all call me Sandy until I figure out how to edit this thing, which is probably never. Sandy not good enough? Call me xXx_J0k3R_360degreeN0Sc0pe_xXx. Also, Geoff’s a bastard.

  • Accessibility to what? Swiss bank accounts?

  • Hammersteyn

    If accessibility means cheaper price then yes, but I doubt it. Much much cheaper

    http://img-9gag-fun.9cache.com/photo/ao9R483_460sa.gif

    • konfab

      The cheapest gaming PC required for VR on other platforms is probably more than a PS4+PSVR.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    It’s success will depend on how many people keep using it a month later.

  • HairyEwok

    Somebody will release barfing simulator for the VR… The catch is the game will make you nauseous and let you actually barf. BOOM REAL IMMERSION!

  • Pieter Kruger

    So Sony will have less peas……..ROFL!

    • Commander Admiral Chief

      So finally the Sony will be equal to the EggsBawks?

      • Pieter Kruger

        All of a sudden peas won’t matter to ponies, you just watch……????????????

    • Hammersteyn
      • Commander Admiral Chief

        xD

        You as a kid?

        • Hammersteyn

          Never had hair

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Don’t worry, puberty will come one day!

          • Hammersteyn

            Can’t wait, then I can finally stop playing games on PC

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            You’ve been doing that for ages, so your statement is wrong

          • Hammersteyn

            It’s not wrong, played FTL this weekend 😛

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Using one of my favourite games to schway my opinion towards you eh?

          • Hammersteyn

            Incidentally it’s one of mine as well. The other game I started was Gabriel Knight, never got round to that back in the day

    • Fox1 – Retro

      That should be sufficient for the Indiestation.

      • Hammersteyn

        PS+ has turned into PS-

        • Pieter Kruger

          True, bad Sony is apparently gearing up to improve their quality & quantity of free games with PSN after they received so many complaints!????????????

  • Commander Admiral Chief
    • HairyEwok

      My Gigatato can process 40 chips a second.

    • The ultimate in MOBA machines

      • Commander Admiral Chief

        PS2 mouse, ugh, sies

      • HairyEwok

        The only true plug and potato

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Portal 3 confirmed!

      • Commander Admiral Chief

        Needs moar ram doe

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          Has plenty of chips 😛

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            It can handle 180C easily! So cooling is no need

    • Hammersteyn

      Stick a Nividia card in there and you’ll have a baked potato in no time

      • Commander Admiral Chief

        And you don’t need to power it, since POHTAYTO POWAAAA

      • Ha!

        You know AMD should have been used instead of Nvidia

        • Hammersteyn

          Not since the new NVIDIA drivers were released. Yes AMD still runs hotter than the sun but today is poke fun at NVIDIA day.

  • iusedtobe(a)regular

    Accessing my money got tougher when I got married and even more so now that I am a parent. I am basically the middle child again that gets stuck with hand-me-downs and I suspect the PSVR will probably be acquired in the same fashion, if at all.

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    Cocky Sony is always the worst Sony! Keep the arrogance at a minimum Sony-san. Don’t be that guy!

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