Why Sony Exec Shuhei Yoshida Believes in Virtual Reality

Sony, already in the lead in the console war, is betting big on virtual reality. The man behind the games explains why he is a believer in PlayStation VR in this exclusive interview.

Sony Computer Entertainment is gearing up for a 2016 launch for its PlayStation VR headset by getting as many people to try it as possible. Sony has over 50 games in development for its first foray into virtual reality, and the company had 49 prototypes available at its recent PlayStation Experience consumer event in San Francisco to let gamers preview upcoming titles like Rigs: Mechanized Combat League, Battlezone, and Harmonix Music VR.

Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony’s Worldwide Studios for Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., is bullish on virtual reality. He sees nothing but opportunity, as long as consumers can try it for themselves.

d_g2898d ago (Edited 2898d ago )

i can see it’s very cool for a new experience but i really hope it will not be the future of gaming

darthv722898d ago

It certainly is not for everyone. It does have its limitations but it is pretty cool. And it will obviously improve over time.

amiga-man2898d ago (Edited 2898d ago )

It will certainly enhance the gaming experience and has many opportunities outside of gaming, I'm sure VR is here to stay and will become another way to enjoy gaming, but not the only way.

Freedomland2898d ago

What are you talking about? VR can blur the line between the physical world and digital or simulated world, thereby creating a sense of immersion. VR is here to stay as an immersive gaming platform and in the future it will grow with new immersive technology.

kraenk122898d ago

It won't be THE future but it surely will be ONE.

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Fatdrinkofwater2898d ago

I disagree. Its another way of experiencing games. A really great one at that BUT you cant use it for a long period of time without feeling sick or straining your eyes. Its sorta like a roller coaster or what have you. Short and full on.

I dont know anyone who would want something that bulky on your head all the time for gaming anyway.

kraenk122898d ago

I've actually read several interviews where people stated that your body gets used to it and they can comfortably play for hours without ever getting sick.
Still I agree it will only be another way to experience games, not the only one.

BABY-JEDI2898d ago

VR is the future for gaming experience (if you want it to be!). Some people prefer traditional with social interaction as in local. But VR connected truly will blow this away (in time). I love immersion, so I will swim with the VR fishes to where it takes me LoL. Because, such a concept appeals to me 😉

imtheman20132898d ago

I haven't used VR of any kind yet, but I am extremely hopeful for its implications, especially in cock-pit style games. Flying through space in a game like Elite: Dangerous or EVE would be awesome. Same thing with playing a racing sim.

Features outside of gaming also seem promising (virtual tours and whatnot). Really excited to try one of these headsets ASAP!

mark3214uk2898d ago (Edited 2898d ago )

Vr is amazing, i enjoyed the oculus DK1 so i can only imagine how good the retail versions of vr will be

sonys will be great for games but i will still be getting the oculus because a lot of the fun experiences you wont be able to try with sonys as they are bound to make it only work on there console and not pc

_LarZen_2898d ago

After trying VR I cant imagine a future without it being a big part of gaming and entertainment in general.

cfc832898d ago (Edited 2898d ago )

I think it's a few years - or possibly a generation - too early. Not everybody has a 3d television or money for a VR headset. Plus VR games will be competing against regular console titles.

amiga-man2898d ago

I don't know why you mention 3d TV, it isn't required, if you are attempting to use it as some sort of benchmark for adoption then it is equally flawed, VR has an impact 3d tv can only dream of.

cfc832898d ago

My mistake. I thought a 3d tv was required for VR. Rest of my point still stands.

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Sony expands emotion-sensing plans with new patent for games that know & adapt to your feelings

From Xfire: "Imagine a PlayStation that could sense and react to gamer's joy, frustration, or boredom."

-Foxtrot2d ago

Great so my console is going to be depressed and anxious 24/7

Seraphim1d 12h ago

come now Fox, we all know you also have bouts of enjoyment while playing some games. Therefore it's not all depression and anxiety, just 90% that. ;P

northpaws1d 6h ago


No, when it knows you are depressed, then it would cheer you up, to keep gamers in a good mental state.

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TheColbertinator1d 10h ago (Edited 1d 10h ago )

Is Peter Molyneux working for Sony now?