Playstation Exec: “Oculus May Have Better VR” Than PS VR

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Posted Mar 11, 2016
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PlayStation executive vice president, Masayasu Ito, has admitted that the Oculus Rift might have better VR compared to Playstation VR (PS VR). According to Ito though, PS VR is “for the mass market”, and “not for the person who uses an expensive high-end PC”.

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In a recent article from Polygon, called ‘The Making of Playstation VR’, Ito talked about the price of Sony’s VR effort compared to its direct competitors, the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift. Now that both HTC and Oculus have announced the prices for their VR devices, the wait is for Sony to announce the price for their VR device and its release date. Speculation is that PS VR will be priced “as a new gaming platform”, and looking at the usual prices of new gaming platforms, this might imply a price tag between $350 and $400.

Apart from its price tag, Sony’s VR headset might have another advantage over its main competitors – the mandatory hardware to use the headset. Where PS VR merely requires a $349 PS4, both the Vive and Rift require a much more expensive PC setup.

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Based solely on its price, PS VR seems the entry ticket to VR gaming, but Sony’s VR device also has its disadvantages compared to the Vive and Oculus Rift. For instance, PS VR has a lower resolution (1920×1080 vs 2160×1200), and a smaller Field Of View (approx. 100 degrees compared to approx. 110 degrees). These disadvantages also seem to be acknowledged by Ito in the article from Polygon, as he admits that, solely based on high-end quality, the Rift might indeed offer a better Virtual Reality experience.

“If you just talk about the high-end quality, yes, I would admit that Oculus may have better VR,” Ito told Polygon. Considering that the hardware specifications of the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive are virtually the same, this statement would also apply to the Vive.

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Even so, multiple developers have praised PlayStation VR so far, from Interdimensional Games & Carlos Coronado to Alfonso del Cerro of Pentadimensional Games.

What is your preferred VR device? Will you likely step into VR gaming with PS VR, or would you rather get yourself an Oculus Rift? Hit the comments.

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