In a recent interview, Shawn Layden, chair of SIE Worldwide Studios and former president and CEO of YOU America, talked about the optimistic future of the gaming industry and the PlayStation VR (PSVR). According to him, he firmly believes in the future of virtual reality and expects drastic changes in the PSVR glasses in the long term, but calls for more reflection and patience for the development of the technology.
Shawn Layden on the future of PlayStation VR – Leading position in the industry and dramatic changes in the future
That Sony firmly believes in the future of virtual reality, announced Kenichiro Yoshida in September last year. Now Shawn Layden also spoke in an interview with Gameinformer about the topic. He takes a look at Sony’s current role in the VR industry and is visionary about the potential of the PlayStation VR (PSVR) over the next decade:
“I think we are the biggest VR platform in the world. The PSVR is an exciting technology for us. Some say that we have an advantage in the role of the first actors using such technology. I do not know if that’s true, but I can safely say we are pioneers. We do not run after anyone, we are in a leading role. It’s a unique opportunity to be part of a true 1.0 experience.”
Although he sees the advantages of establishing himself on the market at an early stage, he criticizes the expectations of many users today in an analogy to the development of mobile phones.
He then transfers this idea to the PlayStation VR (PSVR) and looks to a bright future of VR glasses, which, however, requires patience:
“The same is true of the PSVR. No one can imagine what the future looks like, but we expect dramatic changes over the next decade. You just have to keep in mind that you will not get a 5.0 version until the 1.0 version has been completed.
Sony has sold more than three million VR glasses since launching the PlayStation VR (PSVR) in 2016. What the next evolutionary step of the hardware will look like and whether we will expect a PSVR 2 is still unclear. However, the optimistic attitude of the leadership of Sony leaves hope for this.