The world of VR is coming, and Sony’s going to help make it a mainstream phenomenon. But first… music, maestro!
The live orchestra playing against various gameplay videos certainly set the stage for an impressive show, and Sony certainly didn’t slow down much at all during their show. Video after video, demo after demo, title after title, the hits kept on coming with minimal banter or cringe-inducing sketches (I’m looking at you Microsoft/Minecraft…)
The return of God of War was…interesting. The fact that it’s going to tie into the original GOW series is a bit disappointing actually, as I felt that it wrapped up well enough to leave it alone. That being said, I’m always up for a quality action title.
I’m stoked to see Last Guardian get a release date after so many years in development – October 2016. Hopefully we’ll have enough time to play through Final Fantasy XV before it lands!
The Horizon: Zero Dawn gameplay was fantastic, and the game itself is very promising. I was also intrigued by the Detroit: Become Human title, as the multiple scenarios and Heavy Rain-like decisions stand out as a unique gaming experience.
What really made Sony’s press conference stand out, however, wasn’t any of the impressive titles they discussed, it was Playstation VR. At $400, and releasing on October 13th with 50 titles, this is the closest we’ve come so far in terms of making VR more accessible and appealing to the mainstream population. After the creepy trailer for Resident Evil: Biohazard, my mind began to race as I thought about that same experience in a VR setting.
With the hardware required to run VR games already sitting in 40 million homes, I really think that Sony will be the company to launch VR as an industry. Not Oculus, not the HTC Vive…a home entertainment company that’s been in living rooms around the country for decades.
Only time will tell if it will deliver.