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PlayStation's Shuhei Yoshida on PS VR2: 'Indies Have Been Waiting for This Next VR Boom'

PlayStation's Shuhei Yoshida on PS VR2: 'Indies Have Been Waiting for This Next VR Boom' - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 21 September 2022 / 1,238 Views

PlayStation Head of Independent Developer Initiative Shuhei Yoshida speaking during GamesIndustry Live 2022 discussed the upcoming virtual reality headset, PlayStation VR2. He said the headset will have big games, along with games from indie developers.

"There are big games like Horizon: Call of the Mountain and Resident Evil Village and yes, they're amazing," said Yoshida (and transcribed by VideoGamesChronicle). "But it's the indies, in my mind, that really take the risk because they want to make games on VR."

He added, "Indies have been waiting for this next VR boom, like Mizuguchi-san."

Yoshida said the VR market is small and it is still growing thanks to the Meta Quest 2.

"The VR market is small, it's still growing thanks to Meta doing a great job promoting the Quest, so more people are coming into trying VR for the first time, but still, compared to console gaming, it's a subset and a growing market," said Yoshida.

PlayStation VR2 will launch in early 2023.

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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JackHandy (on 21 September 2022)

You're telling me. I've been waiting since Lawnmower Man lol.

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DonFerrari (6 days ago)

I do hope they find great sucess

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KratosLives (on 22 September 2022)

I'm not that hyped. Apparently fatigue kicks in on the fingers because of having to continuously having to hold certain triggers and some design flaws, according to hands on

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darthv72 (on 21 September 2022)

in other words... VR2 is the new Vita and Indies will be the ones to keep it alive.

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Imaginedvl darthv72 (on 21 September 2022)

That's a very weird take on this...
Why do you even compare this to the Vita from the start anyway?

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darthv72 Imaginedvl (on 21 September 2022)

Because i know how sony treats side projects. sometimes you have great success (PSP) and others you have crash and burns (vita). And those were stand alone platforms, VR isnt. It relies on something else to work. The first VR was really cool, but did you know that of the 660+ games for it, only 30 were published (not developed) by Sony? If you want something to succeed, parent company support is key. Sony basically turned their back on the vita but it was the indie scene that kept it on life support. Yoshi is the head of the indie relations team so his job is to bring them in. Thats fine... I just want more sony 1st (Id settle for 2nd) party support for VR2 especially if they really want it to surpass the first.

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Pajderman darthv72 (on 22 September 2022)

I think Sony relies on indies mostly to get great ideas for future in house development. Ready to cancel if VR2 does not sell. They seem to have focused on functionality in the headset more than game development for it. A killer app would probably be needed for it to draw in customers from users of other VR headsets.

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Imaginedvl darthv72 (on 22 September 2022)

Okay I understand for the Vita. But the PSVR is not the same thing; Sony does not have the same expectations at all from the start. Nobody (including themselves) is expecting PSVR to beat or even compete with any console but other PSVR headsets.
And unless I'm wrong; they are doing quite well at it. If you look at other VR headset provider they are not really realized a tone of first party content too and this is okay.
And looking at the PSVR2, the specs, the accessibility, the games so far, they are on a good track :) And this baby is going to sale like hot cakes (again, expectations are not the same than consoles but compared to other VR headset and gaining market shares in that area)

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2zosteven darthv72 (on 21 September 2022)

i understand what you are saying here

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