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PlayStation exec Jim Ryan pours cold water on PlayStation VR in the leadup to the PS5 launch

Ryan's statement indicates that Sony still doesn't see VR as a mature market (Image source: Sony)
Ryan's statement indicates that Sony still doesn't see VR as a mature market (Image source: Sony)
PlayStation executive Jim Ryan spoke to the Washington Post about PSVR ahead of the PlayStation 5 launch and had a fairly sobering take. Ryan implied that it's still not the right time for virtual reality, casting doubt on the future of PSVR.
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Shortly ahead of the PlayStation 5 launch, Sony exec Jim Ryan spoke to the Washington Post about virtual reality and had a fairly sobering take on the state of PSVR and the VR market on the whole. Ryan said that "I think we're more than a few minutes from the future of VR." 

This statement bears relevance considering its timing. The PlayStation 5 is coming out in less than two weeks. We haven't heard much positive news about the future of the PSVR accessory. In an earlier statement to UploadVR, Sony made it clear that upcoming PSVR titles will be limited to the PS4 code. That means that, even for cross-gen titles like Hitman 3, you'll need the PS4 version in order to experience the game in VR. 

The VR market, on the whole, is in a strange position right now. VR today is certainly more mainstream than it ever has been, with major companies from Facebook to Google and Microsoft to Sony all having invested heavily in the platform. However, lower-than-expected sales and as-yet unresolved experiential issues like VR sickness meant that VR is still not an everyday entertainment platform for most people. 

It remains to be seen what impact Sony's plan has on the VR market on the whole. However, PlayStation users might have to wait a bit longer before getting access to next-generation VR experiences. 

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Arjun Krishna Lal, 2020-11- 2 (Update: 2020-11- 2)