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Sony boss hints at future improvements for PlayStation VR

Sony notes that PS VR's messy cabling could be ironed out in future iterations of the device.

on 6 January 2017

Sony Corporation President and CEO, Kazuo Hirai, has admitted that PlayStation VR may require a number of improvements down the line to iron out various niggles with the new hardware.

PS VR to see future improvements, hints Sony

Speaking with the Daily Star, Hirai addressed the issue of messy cabling, suggesting we may see some tweaks to the hardware in this respect:

"I would say that generally speaking there’s probably a lot of improvement where it makes sense. PlayStation is a business that is known to iterate and to evolve hardware products."

Hirai went on to note that any possible hardware revision of PS VR would not see an increase in cost. 

"[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."

Sony announced during its CES press conference that PS VR had got off to a “great” start sales wise, although exact figures for the device were not revealed. Fortunately, Hirai offered an explanation as to why Sony’s keeping mum on specific numbers. 

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"We’ve always said we didn’t want to make a huge splash with VR in the beginning because it is something that requires first of all consumers to go into the stores and experience for themselves or at a friends house.

"This is not something you can make a sale based on articles you see in papers, magazines or on websites.”

"We wanted to make sure we weren't going to upload or frontload a lot of inventory at retail, because then you're going to get this reaction from retail saying well it's not selling through," he added.

"We've always said it's going to be a slow start, unfortunately, we did produce a lot of units but we ran out of stock in some retailers, but I think based on reports coming out of the holiday season, we're actually happy with the numbers.

"One of the reasons we're not talking about the numbers so much is because we don't want the numbers to take a life of their own."


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