Sony still “believes in VR” but has acknowledged the technology is a long way off fulfilling its potential in the world of interactive entertainment.
PlayStation launched Its console VR hardware four years ago in October 2016. It said in January 2020 that PlayStation VR sales had topped five million units to date.
“I think we’re more than a few minutes from the future of VR,” Ryan said. “PlayStation believes in VR. Sony believes in VR, and we definitely believe at some point in the future, VR will represent a meaningful component of interactive entertainment.
“Will it be this year? No. Will it be next year? No. But will it come at some stage? We believe that. And we’re very pleased with all the experience that we’ve gained with PlayStation VR, and we look forwarding to seeing where that takes us in the future.”
A Sony patent published in October 2019 suggested the company was exploring plans for a next-gen PlayStation VR headset. And in February 2020, plans for a PlayStation VR motion controller were revealed in another patent.
In November last year, Spencer attracted criticism with comments he made about VR, which some perceived as being dismissive of the technology. He called it a relatively niche and “isolating” format that doesn’t fit with his vision of gaming as a “communal” pastime.
Spencer later clarified his comments, stating that he loves that the games industry is pioneering in different fields. He also said he hopes one day the VR space will become “so important that it would be a no-brainer” for Xbox to support it.