PlayStation 4 is an “Amazing Platform” for Virtual Reality, Says Sony

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Climate “not healthy” for PlayStation Vita successor — Sony.

During a talk hosted at EGX 2015, SCE’s Simon Benson said that the PlayStation 4 is the “most powerful console there is” and that it’s an “amazing platform” for virtual reality.Sony is seeing massive success with their PlayStation 4, despite the track records with Vita and PlayStation TV so whatever comes next will be nothing if not interesting. You can catch the full talk in the 54-minute video above, but for those who don’t have the patience, here are some highlights courtesy of VR Focus: In 2013, we got the compute power we needed. If you were expecting a portable PlayStation in an era where the smartphones are just getting powerful every other day and have stores offering graphic intense games better than those available for the Vita and other gaming consoles, then you are wrong.

With a touchscreen on its front, a touchpad on its rear, two analogue sticks and a camera, the PS Vita would be able to offer sillier games such as Frobisher Says, as well as more hardcore and mature games such as Killzone: Mercenary. When asked about the prospects of a successor to their current handheld, Yoshida stated that “his team had enjoyed working on Vita,” however smartphone gaming has overtaken that segment of the market in such a way that the climate for a successor is unhealthy. “That’s a tough question,” he replied when asked about a PlayStation Vita 2. “People have mobile phones and it’s so easy to play games on smartphones,” Yoshida said. “And many games on smartphones are free, or free to start. When the PS TV email app receives this message and tries to open the attached file, it crashes, and by doing so leaves the door open for a firmware modification. The PlayStation TV already lets users simulate the touchscreen and rear touchpad using a DualShock controller, so occasional touch-based mini-games shouldn’t be a big concern (though the Vita’s camera and tilt controls are a different story).

But these new offerings have all been offset by the lack of first party titles, the shutdown of the PlayStation Mobile program, and the fact that Sony considers the console to be a “legacy” platform. Perhaps most importantly, though, it was the music which accompanied players throughout its three-hour campaign that pulled hardest on the heartstrings. With the push for VR in full swing at the moment, Shuhei Yoshida recently told us that Sony has “many” unannounced PlayStation VR games in the pipeline, and discussed how he thinks VR will influence the games industry.

Gas” from the Hackinformer forum has released a method showing how you can tweak the PlayStation TV’s software compatibility with a simple hack and play games that it’s now not compatible with. Gone are days when the battery operated phones were nothing but a device to play music, receive calls and messages, and do some casual gaming on Java based games.

The annual expo, held in Manchester’s… Continue reading PlayStation VR has had a ‘hugely positive’ response from third-party developers, according to Sony, who expects to see many different uses of its technology. During a keynote presentation… Continue reading While its developers are doing all they can with PlayStation VR’s hardware to minimise motion sickness and optimise user comfort, much of the responsibility falls on game developers to create… Continue reading But having sticks and buttons make things totally different,” said Yoshida. “So I hope, like many of you, that this culture of playing portable games continues but the climate is not healthy for now because of the huge dominance of mobile gaming.” Yoshida is right, there is apparently no exchange for playing games with physical buttons and hardware sticks, however, portability matters and carrying a device just for the sake of gaming isn’t very feasible in a world where everything is happening on the mobile devices.

This year, mobile gaming revenues are expected to overtake that of console games, with titles like Clash of Clans, Angry Birds 2, and even the new game from pop singer Demi Lovato making bank from microtransactions. The company’s smartphone business may not be doing so well (investors have called for them to sell it off) but they just announced their Sony Xperia Z5 Premium flagship phone and with that handset having a 4K display and 3GB of RAM (almost six times the Vita’s 512MB of RAM) it gives consumers yet another reason not to buy the company’s handheld games console instead.

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