Ken Kutaragi, the man who brilliantly launched Sony into video games, today has some pretty harsh words about virtual worlds and VR headsets. Regarding the latter, the “dad of the PlayStation” thus declared to find them “boring”.
In December 2019, the one who was still honorary president of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. looked back on twenty-five years of PlayStation history. And if Ken Kutaragi then mentioned the future of the brand, he did not speak about what Sony had developed after him. In particular virtual reality materialized in the PlayStation VR.
It may have been better if the father of PlayStation hadn’t said anything about it, because those words would probably never have been validated. We have just learned, in an interview with Bloomberg, that Ken Kutaragi is far from being interested in virtual reality such as that which is approached with a helmet.
Father of PlayStation finds VR headsets ‘boring’
Ken Kutaragi begins by considering that in his view, the metaverse (a virtual world, quite simply) is of little use insofar as it mimics reality:
“Being in the real world is very important, but the metaverse is about doing near-real in the virtual world, and I don’t see the point of doing that. Prefer to be a flawless avatar instead of your real person? It’s essentially no different from anonymous messaging sites.”
Following the train of thought of the one who now works on assistance robots, we will not be surprised to see him shoot orange bullets at virtual reality helmets:
“Helmets would isolate you from the real world, and I can’t agree with that. Helmets are just boring”.
Sony is however preparing to finalize the second phase of its entry into the world of virtual reality, with the recent presentation of the PlayStation VR2 at CES 2022. Horizon Call of the Mountain, jointly developed by Guerilla and PlayStation Firesprite, was the first title announced on this new device. The PS VR2 could land at the end of the year.