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Sony Boss: We Could Make PlayStation VR Support PC in the Future

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In a report by Japanese outlet Nikkei, Sony Computer Entertainment Senior Vice President Masayasu Ito has gone on the record to say there is a possibility for PlayStation VR to support PC users in the future.

The currently PlayStation 4-only device will naturally be focused on a launch for the company’s home console – it’s deeply integrated into the PlayStation 4 ecosystem. However, the Sony boss said the potential is there, citing the similar innards of the PlayStation 4 to that of modern PCs.

Ito did stress that a PC release for the device won’t happen right away – they have to focus on games running via the device on the PS4. Despite this, Ito said there will be new opportunities for the device.

PlayStation VR is set to release sometime this October, for PlayStation 4.

Would you like to see PlayStation VR support PC? Sound off in the comments below!

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82 comments
  1. Nagato
    Nagato
    March 27, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    Would be a smart thing to do, even though this first iteration of PSVR can’t quite compare to the other HMD’s in terms of quality just yet; at least it’d make up for it by virtue of being somewhat cheaper.

    And at the very least having it be compatible across multiple devices would increase the value of this headset for console users as well, as they’d have the guarantee of still being able to use it elsewhere later on.

  2. evilmajikman
    evilmajikman
    March 27, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    They SHOULD make PSVR support PC in the future. Rift and Vive are too damn expensive.

  3. Mr0303
    Mr0303
    March 27, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    I suppose it will be a smart business move. I doubt PSVR will push PS4 sales, in fact it is the opposite – a percentage of the large PS4 userbase will adopt PSVR as an accessory. Perhaps Sony is waiting to see how well the competition will do on PC and then undercut them in price.

  4. Lourdes Meza
    Lourdes Meza
    March 27, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    of this headset for console users as well, as they’d have the guarantee of still being able to use it elsewhere

    selo recomiendo

  5. Michael Richardson
    Michael Richardson
    March 27, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    It would definitely increase the appeal of the device for me.

  6. Richard Miller
    Richard Miller
    March 27, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    If they do this then why would I get a PSVR when the Vive is not only better but fully supports PC gaming?

  7. Dammage
    Dammage
    March 27, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    Because it costs a lot of money. Thought all of these are rip offs at the moment

  8. Tyrone Jackson
    Tyrone Jackson
    March 27, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    It would put it on more people’s radar, but don’t expect us to be pining after your VR, Sony.

  9. Dewey Defeats Truman
    Dewey Defeats Truman
    March 27, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    Because it’s cheaper?

  10. 日塔 奈美
    日塔 奈美
    March 27, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    Competition is healthy. I wouldn’t buy a PSVR, but if such a cheap headset was PC compatible things like Vive and Oculus would (in a perfect world) have to compete price wise lowering their own cost.

    Personally though, I just think this is one of many steps lately that begins Sony’s slow and steady retreat out of the dedicated console space. They’ll try a more universal approach in the future, like Msoft unifying Xbox under Windows, and Nintendo supporting mobile. Everybody is expanding their horizons.

  11. LurkerJK
    LurkerJK
    March 27, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    I love the whole psVR thing, its fucked no matter what they do.

    Its very likely going to be the most popular variant (at least initially) of the VR craze just because of the price and the use of already established hardware (kind of a lie since they are making a ps4.5)

    Of course it will IMMEDIATELY crash into a power wall, the consoles are so underpowered its not even funny.

    Now, how to fix it from there, the ps4.5 is a way but then its not really that cheap anymore is it ? using the ps4 you already have is what makes it “much cheaper”, your customer base is bound to feel betrayed and the ps4.5 is very unlikely to be more than mild improvement on the original hardware, raising the price point too much is dangerous, its much more likely to follow the cellphone route and just release a new iteration every one or two years for about the same price as the previous one hoping your customer base keeps throwing money at your face because leaving would be more expensive than buying the new revision

    The other solution is just abandoning ps exclusivity, and using proper hardware, aka a PC, but then youll face the competition of much better hardware with only a slightly lower price as a sales point and the competing hardware, designed specifically for PC, working together with PC specific hardware companies, is much more likely to have better support for PC than the retrofitted psvr

    Imho, the PSVR is very likely will crash and burn, Sony will not be able to react fast enough when the whole power issue explodes on their faces, it might even end up being a huge blow for the whole VR scene

  12. steve72
    steve72
    March 27, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    i dont know. maybe their library of games. or even if they got exclusives.

  13. LurkerJK
    LurkerJK
    March 27, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    pretty much the only reason, its not likely to have exclusives and the support will definitely be the same or worse than the competition

    Still, just 100usd less in a piece of expensive hardware that already requires a powerful pc and can easily get squashed by a discount or bundled software is not very likely to put a dent, specially if word of mouth starts saying that the hardware is inferior

  14. scemar
    scemar
    March 27, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    Because this is cheaper and might offer some games from Japan that are made for it.

  15. scemar
    scemar
    March 27, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    Great news for everyone really, right now we need VR to take off first and foremost so letting one of the big options support more platforms will only help the reach of VR.

  16. Zombie_Barioth
    Zombie_Barioth
    March 27, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    Maybe because you want to use it on both platforms?

    Being cheaper and being compatible across multiple platforms would give the PSVR its own advantage over the Rift and Vive.

    There are also a lot of people who probably don’t even have a PC that can handle VR at their specs, that little external box helping the PS4 to manage it should be able work on PC as well.

  17. Richard Miller
    Richard Miller
    March 28, 2016 at 12:36 am

    I don’t own a PS4 and don’t plan to.

  18. Richard Miller
    Richard Miller
    March 28, 2016 at 12:39 am

    I’m pretty sure that most of the VR platforms will share the same games. Their will be little exclusives between the two.

  19. Richard Miller
    Richard Miller
    March 28, 2016 at 12:39 am

    If Sony did make exclusives for the PSVR I doubt they would bring them to PC.

  20. NuclearCherries
    NuclearCherries
    March 28, 2016 at 12:51 am

    I bet someone will make drivers for the PS VR with or without Sony’s consent.

    A new age of porn games is upon us, after all.

  21. rBeowulf
    rBeowulf
    March 28, 2016 at 1:01 am

    If they do this, and it’s cheaper than competitors, they win. Hard,

  22. Lamanuwa
    Lamanuwa
    March 28, 2016 at 2:02 am

    That’s a very good reason. Plus I wanna play with that 120Hz RGB display. Still would love to play with it on Linux more though.

  23. Lamanuwa
    Lamanuwa
    March 28, 2016 at 2:06 am

    Support would be welcome, but I think this is for the hackers.

  24. erobotan
    erobotan
    March 28, 2016 at 2:43 am

    Will buy it when an exclusive PS4 VR game can be played at PC.

  25. scemar
    scemar
    March 28, 2016 at 4:39 am

    If a VR game is PS4 exclusive it is effectively PS VR exclusive.

  26. Madbrainbox
    Madbrainbox
    March 28, 2016 at 5:32 am

    For now.The price will drop in a few years.

  27. Richard Miller
    Richard Miller
    March 28, 2016 at 6:42 am

    I’m pretty sure that only Sony games will be exclusive to PSVR. Third party devs would want to make as much money as possible so they would put their games on the other VR platforms as well.

  28. Johnathon
    Johnathon
    March 28, 2016 at 7:18 am

    that’s a cool thing.

  29. Rayxtr
    Rayxtr
    March 28, 2016 at 7:20 am

    Some people do and this would be a nice option. Maybe I do get PSVR when it is also supported on the pc. So far I didn’t see anything interesting for it on the PS4.

  30. Galbador
    Galbador
    March 28, 2016 at 7:36 am

    Can you connect the Vice it to the PS4?

  31. Galbador
    Galbador
    March 28, 2016 at 7:40 am

    How do you know that?

  32. Joshua
    Joshua
    March 28, 2016 at 8:08 am

    The PSVR already has multiple exclusives with more on the way. It’s Sony. They do games, you know?

  33. lunarcloud
    lunarcloud
    March 28, 2016 at 8:25 am

    The big problem is Windows’ inability to support the PS Move controllers, though. I remember the guys who made JS Joust (part of the sportsfriends collection of awesome local multiplayer games) even asked Microsoft for help and they said their Bluetooth stack just couldn’t reliably connect to the controllers. That’d be a big issue for PSVR on PC.

  34. LurkerJK
    LurkerJK
    March 28, 2016 at 8:58 am

    they are exclusive to the ps4 not just the psvr, not very likely for them to get ported to PC

    not that terrible, i would be very surprised if the PSVR exclusives end up being anything more than tech demos

  35. Joshua
    Joshua
    March 28, 2016 at 9:08 am

    They are VR games that are exclusive to the PSVR. Sony has it’s own studios working on exclusive VR games for the PSVR in addition to the VR games that 3rd party developers release exclusively for the PSVR.

  36. XxMikeyXx
    XxMikeyXx
    March 28, 2016 at 9:15 am

    TBH I wouldn’t use the upscaler. I’d rather have native 90FPS or even 60FPS that interpolated 120 from 60. To me it seems to invite motion sickness.

    But yea, cross platform support would be a big plus for PS VR.

  37. XxMikeyXx
    XxMikeyXx
    March 28, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Vive not Vice.
    No, is’t not supported in software by Sony, and it isn’t physically possible if it required 3 USB 3.0 ports and a HDMI 2.0/Displayport 1.2 like Oculus.
    As a sidenote this is what I think the PS4.5 will be, a slightly beefed up PS4 with HDMI 2.0, more USB 3.0 ports (and maybe better colling).

  38. LurkerJK
    LurkerJK
    March 28, 2016 at 10:05 am

    the psvr is not the one running the software, the ps4 is, they are exclusive to the ps4 AND the psvr

  39. Captain Clutch
    Captain Clutch
    March 28, 2016 at 11:57 am

    Make sense. As a guy with a PS4 and gaming PC, I want this.

  40. DrearierSpider
    DrearierSpider
    March 28, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    That external box only handles audio processing, nothing more.

  41. Galbador
    Galbador
    March 28, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    So then the answer is clear then.

  42. Richard Miller
    Richard Miller
    March 28, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    VR is too expensive and too Niche to bet it all on one horse. No dev would take the risk of only putting their VR games on one VR platform.

  43. Richard Miller
    Richard Miller
    March 28, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    I don’t have a PS4.

  44. AmyStarling
    AmyStarling
    March 28, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    I would definetly be on board with this if I could switch between the two.You may not want it but a big portion of us dual wielders :) will eat it up.

  45. Galbador
    Galbador
    March 28, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    That’s what they said about cars, radios and tv sets. Just because doesn’t mean it has to be.

  46. Richard Miller
    Richard Miller
    March 28, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    What? What do cars, radios and tv sets have to do with PSVR having a lot exclusives?

  47. Galbador
    Galbador
    March 28, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    They were exclusives a long time ago, just like the VR nowadays. No one knows if this will become a normality one day. I could see it in medicine, education or other stuff.

  48. Galbador
    Galbador
    March 28, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    Then how do you know if the Vice is better than the Sony VR? If the Vice is not useable for the PS4, it is useless unlike the Sony VR, which would be able to be used for the PS4 and later on for the PC.

  49. Galbador
    Galbador
    March 28, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    Again, you just speculate about things you don’t know. How about you just wait until we know more?

  50. Richard Miller
    Richard Miller
    March 28, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    Have sony ever brought their games to PC before?

  51. Richard Miller
    Richard Miller
    March 28, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    Because Sony said that the Vive and Rift is better than the PSVR. Plus Vive is the most powerful VR device so it is better.

  52. Richard Miller
    Richard Miller
    March 28, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    What are you talking about!? Radio exclusives games? WHAT?

  53. Zombie_Barioth
    Zombie_Barioth
    March 28, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    So has it actually been confirmed what it is yet? Last I heard people couldn’t agree on what it is, and it appears they still can’t.

    I agree, but if their PC or even the PS4 can’t handle a game without it they wouldn’t have much choice there either way.

  54. Sunny11
    Sunny11
    March 29, 2016 at 11:12 am

    Stupid. I’m buying PSVR and having options is bad? That means I can use it on my PC too without having to buy another headset. You PC fanboys are ridiculous

  55. Sunny11
    Sunny11
    March 29, 2016 at 11:13 am

    No shit its twice as more expensive and requires a powerful PC to take full advantage of it smh

  56. Sunny11
    Sunny11
    March 29, 2016 at 11:14 am

    Helldivers and if you haven’t kept up they’re bringing Everybody’s gone to the rapture to PC aswell.

  57. Galbador
    Galbador
    March 29, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    Again, how do you know this without trying the device?

  58. Galbador
    Galbador
    March 29, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    Do you even read what I write?

  59. Galbador
    Galbador
    March 29, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    Mayne they will? Do you know? After all, they plan to make mobile games from their IP, what speaks against that they will bring it to the PC as well?

  60. Richard Miller
    Richard Miller
    March 29, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    I did that’s why I’m so confused.

  61. Richard Miller
    Richard Miller
    March 29, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    I would be down for Sony bring their games to PC but I just don’t see it happening.

  62. Richard Miller
    Richard Miller
    March 29, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    Because all the people that used the devices states that the Vive is better and as I said Sony said that it is better than the PSVR.

  63. Richard Miller
    Richard Miller
    March 29, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    Yeah but those aren’t Sony created IPs. Sony published those games.

  64. Richard Miller
    Richard Miller
    March 29, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    That’s my point. If PSVR comes to PC why would I get it over the Vive?

  65. Richard Miller
    Richard Miller
    March 29, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    No need to be a stupid Sony fanboy. I never said that PSVR coming to PC is bad. All I said is that theirs no reason for me to get it over the Vive. You need to read what I wrote and to stop assuming things. :)

  66. Galbador
    Galbador
    March 29, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    So in other words, you believe a bunch of people and ignore the possibility to make yourself an opinion. Whatever.

  67. Galbador
    Galbador
    March 29, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    Yeah, we thought the same about Nintendo and look what happened.

  68. Galbador
    Galbador
    March 29, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    What I wrote was that radios, cars and tv sets were exclusives; things that not everyone could buy. Luxioury objects. And now, everyone has one of the three. What says that the VR won’t go the same way? Just because it is now a niche market, doesn’t mean it can change in the future. I mean, hell… Microsoft is toying with the idea of hologram phones right now, something like in Star Wars. And back then, people had mobile communicators and tablets in Star Trek and look where this went. Everything is possible, all one need is time to introduce and produce it right. I believe that VR is on a good way and could bring a new way of media.

  69. Richard Miller
    Richard Miller
    March 29, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    What does that have to do with PSVR having exclusives that the Vive and rift wouldn’t have?

  70. Richard Miller
    Richard Miller
    March 29, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    Nintendo games are coming to PC?

  71. Richard Miller
    Richard Miller
    March 29, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    These are very professional tech heads. Plus Sony said that the PSVR is worse. Don’t you have reviewers that you follow?

  72. Galbador
    Galbador
    March 29, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    I never follow reviews. I make my own opinion.

  73. Galbador
    Galbador
    March 29, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    They made the first step by making mobile games. It is only a matter of time.

  74. Galbador
    Galbador
    March 29, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    I give up… like whatever you like and hate whatever you hate. I seriously don’t care anymore.

  75. Richard Miller
    Richard Miller
    March 29, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    What am I hating here? What are you trying to get at?

  76. Richard Miller
    Richard Miller
    March 29, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    I hope so.

  77. Richard Miller
    Richard Miller
    March 29, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    I do too but I also use professional reviews to help in my purchasing decisions. I don’t want to waste money on a bad product. :)

  78. Sunny11
    Sunny11
    March 29, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    Its not aimed at you. All they said they’re open to allowing people who owns PSVR to use it also on their PC. If you don’t own a PS4 and only PC no point for you.

    But us with PS4 and PC this is a great option with PSVR.

  79. Richard Miller
    Richard Miller
    March 29, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    That’s why my original comment said that I don’t see any point for me to get this on PC. Did you even read my original comment? What was the point of this argument?

  80. Richard Miller
    Richard Miller
    March 29, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    What are you talking about? I never called the PSVR a bad product. You Sony fanboys read too much into simple comments.. I wouldn’t get a VR platform anyway because I don’t like VR anyway. C:

  81. David Estes McKnight
    David Estes McKnight
    May 4, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    I get what you’re saying: VR’s not just about gaming- it’s a medium of information transferal, and hence someday, when we perhaps no longer carry around laptops, but VR headsets (or even if VR’s just a norm for houses), However, Richard Miller’s statement doesn’t really disagree with anything you said, so I’m not sure where your criticism of his comments is coming from. His statement’s pretty on point at the moment, too- while it is true that there will inevitably be platform-specific triple-A titles (really advanced developers may use their own game engines, which are often platform-specific), for many developers, it makes considerably more sense to develop for PC and PS4 using a cross-platform IDE.