In his 2017 CES keynote, Sony boss Kaz Hirai stated that the recently launched PlayStation VR had had a “great start”, and also discussed the future of the VR headset, promising that things could get even better for console VR gamers.Kaz Hirai told Daily Star Online that “PlayStation is a business that’s know to iterate and to evolve all its products”, adding that “generally speaking there’s probably room for improvement where it makes sense.”
The Sony boss also calmed worries about increasing prices for future PSVR models. Kaz confidentally promised that new features will be added but costs will not be going up: “[Improvements] have to be balanced with cost considerations as well, because it is a consumer product for gamers so we don’t want to say it’s lighter, whiter or whatever, but it’s going to cost triple. That’s not going to happen.”
The first version of PSVR is already making huge impact with an estimated 800,000 units shipped only in 2016, more than the estimated 500,000 units for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift’s 400,000 estimated units for the same year.
PSVR’s $399 retail price is also a big selling point compared to the more expensive Oculus Rift ($599 ), or the HTC Vive ($799), which also need to be powered by a high-end PC. On the other hand, PSVR is using the Playstation 4’s exceptional GPU to provide first class virtual reality experience.
As wider FOV is much needed for VR racing, we can’t wait to see what the second iteration of the headset will offer.