STATES CHRONICLE – We’ve only just entered 2016 and the virtual reality hype is building, as Sony claims PlayStation VR has 100 titles in the works, which is the same amount as Oculus Rift. The competition is about to become fierce. It’s the new age of gaming, and the community is eager for it.
At CES 2016 in Las Vega, Sony’s CEO Kaz Hirai claimed that their upcoming product is receiving a lot of support. In fact, they have around 200 developers working on games for their upcoming virtual reality headsets. In total, he estimated that they will have 100 titles published in 2016. Oculus Rift announced the same.
According to the CEO, he believes that the PlayStation VR will be a great and successful product. The virtual reality market has barely been breached, and there’s tremendous amount of potential laying in wait. Tech and gaming giants could definitely prevail and find a good spot to wedge in their platform among consoles and the PC. And it’s all happening this year.
However, it’s still shrouded in mystery. Oculus Rift received a launch date for March 2016, and the surprisingly steep price of $600. Sony has kept the community in the dark, with only a vague release date in the first half of this year. The rest, such as the price or specs, are entirely unknown. Perhaps though, PlayStation VR could prove to be a true adversary for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.
With a decent amount of titles, anything could happen, though it’s expected that the numbers are not 100% accurate. There’s much to be seen on how well Sony will keep their promise, and how many developers will go through with their plans. Most fans of PS Vita know how fickle these announcement can be, with major developers like Rockstar, EA, and Ubisoft denouncing the handheld device in spite of promises.
Virtual reality is heading toward becoming a major new market for the gaming community. Within the last 3 years, it’s estimated that $6.1 billion have been invested in the VR industry, and it’s expected that sales will reach $5.1 billion just in 2016. That means that developers and companies are expecting to get back all their investments in just 2 years.
According to a report by SuperData, the industry will likely jump to $8.9 billion in 2017, to $12.3 billion in 2018, and then continue rising for the next few decades. It’s an optimistic perspective, but not unlikely or impossible. Surprisingly though, it’s expected that Europe will be ahead in sales for VR reality at $1.9 billion, with North America on second place at $1.5 billion.
Even more surprisingly, Google Cardboard is said to remain ahead of all VR products at 27.1 million units sold. Though that’s probably not a fair comparison due to its cheap price. Both Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are expected to stand on second place with 3.3 million units sold by each. PlayStation VR though is expected to hold last place with just 1.9 million units sold.
However, it’s difficult to properly predict such a major industry that has not been well tapped into just yet. The 100 titles for each platform could certainly turn the scales.
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