Sony open to PSVR on PC

Company delayed PS4 VR headset in response to increased sales projections, expects to ship up to 2 million this year

Despite its name, PlayStation VR may ultimately expand well beyond Sony's console. Speaking with Nikkei, Sony Computer Entertainment executive vice president Masayasu Ito suggested that the PSVR headset could eventually find itself competing in the PC space, and not just in games.

"Since the PS4's internal parts are similar to those of a PC, this is a possibility," Ito said. "Right now we're focused on games, so we're not at the point of announcing anything, but there's a possibility to expand into various fields."

While that added functionality might make PSVR a more favorable proposition when compared to the Rift and Vive, Ito prefaced his comments by cautioning that any such expanded compatibility wouldn't happen right away.

Additionally, Ito explained why the PSVR is missing its original first half of 2016 launch window. When Sony originally pegged the headset for that window, the company's sales team came back with better than expected projections for PSVR. Sony knew it would be unable to produce enough of the headsets to meet those expectations in that time frame, so it pushed the global launch back to October to give it more time to manufacture the necessary stock.

While Ito didn't share those revised projections, the Nikkei cited an unnamed source as saying that Sony is expecting to ship between 1 million and 2 million PSVR headsets by the end of this year. With an expected installed base of 40 million PS4s by year's end, that would mean enough VR headsets to give the peripheral a 5 percent attach rate with the system.

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Petter Solberg Freelance Writer & Artist, 5 years ago
I guess cross platform support would be an incentive for bying a PSVR in the first place, but seeing as the specs are lower than the Vive/Oculus, it better happen sooner than later. I don't see myself purchasing this 12-18 months down the road.
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Kenneth Bruton Producer 5 years ago
Let's are already paying upwards of 400 for your standard 500GB PS4, then you are, on top of that, spending at least another 300 for the PSVR...but wait! There is also talk of a 4K upgrade for the PS4 and also to account for the extra horsepower needed to make the PSVR work (which you will have to shell out more cash for, by the way...) All told, you are buying 2 more systems for your system. There is no telling how good the quality of games are going to be for the PSVR, because there have not been any compelling "get it now" appointment style games (at least, not yet...) If any company would like me to take the plunge to check out their offering, I will be happy to review it, honestly!
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Craig Horton-till Graduate (Games Development & Programming) 5 years ago
Sony jumping on that "VR Money train"
But in all seriousness, If PSVR is affordable and works on PS and PC then it will mean a wider audience for VR. Which will mean more VR games, more VR headsets and more VR price ranges. Only issue is if Sony decides that people have to use their "PSVR Store" on pc to download and purchase compatible games.
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Donald Dalley Freelance writer 5 years ago
Apparently, we may as well trade in our original consoles for the new one.

If high profile games, such as GT Sport, are going to target the new hardware, I have little use for my old one.
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