Sony Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida sat down with Bloomberg to talk about the PlayStation VR that will be launched next month, October 13th. Despite the fact that the headset is being pre-ordered by thousands within minutes of being available (the last wave sold out like a lightening), Yoshida reveals that they really have little idea of how the demand will be for the headset from next month onward. Therefore Sony is expecting supply constraints.
This comes as no surprise as we had reported a couple of weeks back on PlayStation president Andrew House who said: “We have growing confidence that we’ll be supply constrained with this product, but we’ll do our very best to meet demand. Virtual reality is a medium that’s in its infancy. With such a nascent, very new form of storytelling, it’s difficult to predict what user uptake is going to be.”
Yoshida said demand for PSVR has been “within or above expectations,” and Sony is working to increase their supply. Feeling uncertain on how PSVR will be accepted by gamers, Yoshida is reminded of working on the original PlayStation some 20 years ago. “As I work on VR,
“As I work on VR, I’m tremendously reminded of that time 20 years ago,” he said. “The feeling now is similar. VR is completely different from existing games.”
Bloomberg pointed out Sony’s big plans with the PS VR. Moving beyond gaming, the company plans to integrate the headset for virtual education, where students will have the opportunity to visit a school, attend classes while being physically somewhere else. Yoshida denied any rumours that a more powerful headset might be coming next year.