A recent interview noted PlayStation creator Ken Kutaragi says the Metaverse is pointless, with Facebook’s Metaverse project and VR headsets used to engage with the Metaverse are “annoying”.
Kutaragi was a developer at Sony who oversaw the development of the original PlayStation, as well as its successors the PlayStation 2 and 3. He’s currently the CEO of Ascent Robotics.
In his interview with Bloomberg, Kutaragi spared no feelings towards the Metaverse and VR.
“Being in the real world is very important, but the metaverse is about making quasi-real in the virtual world, and I can’t see the point of doing it… You would rather be a polished avatar instead of your real self? That’s essentially no different from anonymous messageboard sites.”
While the remark that Ken Kutaragi says the Metaverse is pointless is focused on the way virtual reality is integrated via headsets, Kutaragi went on to say that VR headsets “isolate you from the real world”. Instead, Kutaragi has his own virtual reality ambitions at Ascent.
Ascent’s goal is seemingly to provide augmented reality experiences without the use of wearable gadgets. Instead, virtual aspects would be integrated into our daily lives using things like hologram projections from external sources.
However this project appears to be in early stages and Ascent is currently preoccupied with assisting AI-driven robots in performing logistical tasks and other practical applications of AI technology.