Oculus VR CEO Palmer Luckey is quite happy about Sony joining the virtual reality camp with Project Morpheus, and thinks it can be a good application for the moment, even if he expressed concerns about the PS4’s lasting power in an interview on the Japanese website Game Watch.
I think that if Sony pours enough effort in it, it’ll be a very good solution for the present time. There’s also the combination with the PlayStation Move, and PS4 is like a powerful PC now. However, I think there’s reason for concern for the long term.
That’s because in two to three years almost everyone will have a PC more powerful than the PS4. In five to seven years even mobile platforms will surpass the PS4. The PS4 generation has passed its eightg years, but it’s still going. And because the PS4 generation should be very long as well, there’s no telling whether it can keep up with virtual reality on PC and mobile in the future or not.
Still, I definitely welcome the fact that large companies like Sony or Valve are focusing on VR, as they deliver a powerful message to customers. Hopefully this will enhance the VR market and help it turn from a gimmick to the real thing.
While I still have doubts about the possibility of virtual reality to turn into something beyond a niche market, we’ll have to see if Sony will manage to keep its solution current compared to the advancement of more fluid hardware models. For the moment Morpheus feels solid, but only time will tell if Luckey’s concerns are founded.