Sony Computer Entertainment America’s Shawn Layden has said that right now there’s a “perfect storm” for VR technology while teasing that the company has a lot to spill about PlayStation VR during GDC 2016. In episode 200 of the PlayStation Blogcast, Layden said that the concept of Virtual Reality has been around for quite some time but it wasn’t until now that we’ve had the right combination of processing and graphics power inside the device.
It’s a perfect storm now for VR technology. It’s a concept that’s been kicking around for quite some time. Some of us remember Virtual Boy way back in the day and a lot of different companies have had a go at virtual reality technology.
I think right now we have a combination of the necessary processing power and graphics power inside the machine. We have the display technology which can realize these images at a fidelity which looks natural, if you will. And we have the production technology to create a headset and a rig that is well-suited for the human head that won’t create a tiresome experience.
I think now is the time for VR; its time has come.
Layden later commented that VR can represent the same kind of leap in console gaming business that the mobile phone market took when smartphones were introduced. “I think, looking five years into the future, we’re going to look back on today and say, ‘Wow, there’s so much we didn’t know that VR was going to do for us but we do know it now,” he said.
Sony will be hosting a PlayStation VR press event during GDC 2016 on Tuesday, March 15, at 2pm PT/5pm ET.