Game Scoop: Is PlayStation VR the New Kinect?


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stuna11172d ago (Edited 1172d ago )

No silly question! They are on opposite ends of the gaming spectrum.

One your actually in the game digitally.

The other you're manipulating the game from a third person perspective.

Army_of_Darkness1172d ago

Plus not to mention that unlike kinect, psVR actually works really well ;-)

amiga-man1172d ago (Edited 1172d ago )

No, Kinect and Move were a late attempt to get into motion gaming made popular by the Wii, unfortunately it was always a fad and never had lasting appeal.

The ironic thing is that the Move controller lead to Sony experimenting with VR and and proved a great way to interact in the VR environment with Sony quick to realise unlike Motion controls VR was a far more exciting prospect offering opportunities far outside of gaming.

It's still early days for VR and will grow into so much more.

ABizzel11172d ago

There are 3 big things that will determine the success / failure of PS VR.

1. Price

PS VR isn't going to be a huge seller if it cost more than $199, which more than likely it is. At $199 it's an easy buy for many PS4 owners, and eventually many potential new owners as well. But considering controllers such as the XBO Elite controller retails for $150, this price is a dream, and $249 would be the absolute cheapest.

I suspect it's going to cost $249 - $299, and to that point it becomes a situation to most gamers of whether to buy PS VR or buy another console, and the majority are more likely to choose another console, with only the most dedicated fans or those who already have all 3 consoles deciding to pick it up. Considering PS4 will have another 5 - 7 years of support and drop in price over those years and I suspect PS4 to sell 120m - 130m consoles lifetime sells. If VR stays along for the ride and has it's own price drops along the way it could very well sell in the 20m units which would be about on par with the original Kinect. It's these people who are going to be the make or break for PS VR, because if it's good and they love it, they'll be able to spread the word about it and get it in the hands of their friends and family.

If it cost $349 - $399 it's going to be a commercial failure sales wise. You just can't sell a peripheral for that kind of money, even if it's good. It would have to be mind-boggling innovative and change the way we think of games for it to still have a remote chance of selling as well as it would with a $249 price with it even if the $249 version was just slightly above average.

2. Games

There has to be games, good games, and plenty of games that support VR. The smartest thing to do is simply patch as many PS4 games already out with a form of VR support so when the PS VR launches you can say "And you currently have a library of games that already support VR". That's the kind of news on games they need to sell it.

But they also need new original IP's designed for VR from the ground up, that take full advantage of the hardware. Hopefully No Man's Sky is that game.

Finally they need to work hand in hand with Oculus and share games across the board so both devices can benefit from the same community or developers.

3. Marketing

They have to get store demos / mall demos / commercials / etc... out there to market this thing as the potential future of gaming, because being completely honest it is.

If it takes matches Sony's expectations (which are usually set low, so they can be surprised) then PS VR is going to be a big part of the PS5 at launch, and put them at the forefront and mascot of VR on console. This is an investment for them, so they really need to do everything they can to make sure this takes off as best it can.

freshslicepizza1172d ago

it could very well be the new kinect as far as game support goes since it's a peripheral. this looks much better than kinect and actually works but it will all boil down to software support.

the price will no doubt be higher than kinect was so who knows if it will sell as well as kinect did. sony still won't commit to an actual release date or a price.

rainslacker1171d ago

I see VR support as rather easy to add into games if they use a 3rd person camera in any way. Although it would have to be adapted based on the game itself. The whole "Better with Kinect" mentality where it's just patched on will likely be common early on and hopefully grow to make substantial inroads as time goes by.

As far as the topic at hand, and not being as literal as stuna, I think it's too soon to tell. Kinect itself wasn't a failure sales wise, but it's support was lacking, which is what I think is a distinct possibility if Sony doesn't push developer support for the long term.

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Horyzon1172d ago (Edited 1172d ago )

Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR, Gear VR, Hololens... Everything is the new Kinect.

Thatguy-3101172d ago

Nah Kinect was filled with a lot of smoke and mirrors before coming out. People are playing these VR headsets and they are what the companies behind them are pitching to us.

Thatguy-3101172d ago
They fooled us. So their marketing team did wonders for them

Cupid_Viper_31172d ago

They didn't fool "us" actually. They fooled the people who bought the product and came on here and defended it to death, to their very own detriment in terms of games.

Hololens is the next Kinect, not VR. Like Kinect, Hololens will have most of it's cool applications outside of gaming. As a gaming device it will be pretty limited when compared to what VR can do.

JoeReno1172d ago

@dboyc hahaha the dad pit crew. I couldn't watch the whole thing.

MasterCornholio1172d ago

Im sure it will be better for gaming than Kinect.

Bathyj1172d ago

No, this can actually be used to play real games. Not only that, but games could actually be better for it.

And what high price? Has the price even been announced?

It likely wont be cheap but can we at least wait til we know what it is before we start complaining its too much?

Septic1172d ago

Adam Boyes gave an indication of the price and I think a $250+ figure was a common sentiment.

kenwonobi1172d ago

I would think 350 dollars on down is acceptable range for me.

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