How would you define success for PlayStation VR?

Vyse

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So, PlayStation VR will finally launch in a couple days. Sony predict that interest for PlayStation VR will build steadily, through word of mouth, which seems reasonable. It's difficult to sell the VR experience without actually having people try it out. Earlier this year, they said they would "vigorously promote" their virtual headset at events around the globe.

That said, I wonder how Sony and most other people would define success for PlayStation VR?
 
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Only time will tell. I for one won't be getting anything VR that's first generation. I'd bet everything I own that within a year or two there will be updated or superior versions to what's coming out this month. We see it with smartphones every single year and some even catch on fire to remind us that rushing mass marketed consumer products isn't always smart. ;)

If I read about VR correctly, there's lots of connections and things you need to make the entire VR experience work properly. So I can see a year or two down the road perhaps only needing a wireless headset and something plugged into the console...in other words, an upgraded and maybe even cheaper design.

Success will be measured by sales, reviews, and overall functionality of the product. Everyone loved the fully backwards compatible PS3 when it launched until a few years went by and YLOD was costing Sony tons of warranty replacements. My point is that even things which are pre-tested can have negative aspects which are overlooked until consumers complain.

I like VR and how it could potentially grow to be something even more such as educational purposes in school. Imagine having surround sound in the headset, an entire interactive VR world around you, and perhaps being able to feel things one day (such as wind blowing, weather, combat, etc...). I've also read about how VR could potentially be a huge seller in the porn industry...makes sense when you think about it. Yeah I know I'm getting a little ahead of myself but at least the foot of VR is in the door for future possibilities.
 
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mynd

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1/ If a truly decent game comes out , that VR actually enhances the gameplay mechanics.

2/ If said decent games are being made for it in two years time.
 

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I agree that a newer version will come out in a year or 2. Something with better resolution. PSVR success means people are buying games for it. If that continues, then the system is a success.
 

K2D

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No new headset, but definitely better motion control.

I'm thinking a PSVR 2.0, two-three years from now at the earliest or PSVR 1.0 compatability going forward.

But they have to do something with the motion control.
 

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Well they are not good at planing, predicting, and I am half sure Sony rushed both vr and ps4 pro. Like Chew said an upgraded version probably will come out sooner than we expected.

And yes it will succeed because it is the cheapest out there to own. People are gonna jump on that thing.
 

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Answering to the thread title.. There has certainly been some wild predictions for sales numbers. If they're able to push a million units, let alone in - say 6 months, that's a gigant feat in and of itself. I defintly see PSVR surpassing the WII U though /j
 

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[QUOTE="Shingo, post: 6522120]And yes it will succeed because it is the cheapest out there to own. People are gonna jump on that thing.[/QUOTE]
I think it benefits Sony that neither Microsoft or Nintendo have their own dedicated VR headsets. PlayStation VR is also an obvious choice, if you don't want to bother with VR on a PC.
 
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I'm having a lot of fun with mine. I just hope they get a better drift fix. The "hold options" thing doesn't actually work in about half of the games, but it does work in the other half, leading me to believe it's a software thing, not hardware.
 

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I am very impressed by some of these games. The screen is so much better than my Gear VR too. I think it has made me appreciate the PS VR more because of this. The Gear VR had extremely noticeable pixels where the PS VR seems like it doubles the resolution. It is not crystal clear 1080p quality, but good enough to enjoy the experience.

I had a blast playing London Heist and Danger Ball last night. The Playstation VR Worlds game is really good and every PS VR owner needs to have this title. I have yet to be disappointed by this game.
 

MjW

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If it's sells good, and moves PSVR games it will be successful which is pretty much the definition in the industry.
It could do a bit worse though but still be a success if it paves the road for a very profitable and successful PSVR2.
 

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[QUOTE="ps3guy`, post: 6525243]Surviving longer than PS Home.[/QUOTE]

PS Home lasted from 2008-2015

Massively successful for Sony. Something like 41 million members and generated a lot of money from advertisements and in app purchasing.


The resolution of PS VR will kill it quickly in my opinion. Sony needs to be working on a PSVR2 with a 4K display.
 
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Shingo

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[QUOTE="Lethal, post: 6525251]PS Home lasted from 2008-2015

Massively successful for Sony. Something like 41 million members and generated a lot of money from advertisements and in app purchasing.


The resolution of PS VR will kill it quickly in my opinion. Sony needs to be working on a PSVR2 with a 4K display.[/QUOTE]

wouldn't an early new version release kill the audience? I would be mad if I was one.
 

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[QUOTE="Shingo, post: 6525252]wouldn't an early new version release kill the audience? I would be mad if I was one.[/QUOTE]


Just an optional higher end version for those who want a better resolution. No different than PS4 vs PS4 Pro.

They can call it Playstation VR Pro
 

billm0066

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I'm kinda of curious about VR but I haven't been able to try it. I checked their site and there isn't anywhere near by to give it a try. I can't spend that much money on something i'm not sure I will like.
 
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PSVR is a success for me already. I don't expect wide adoption this generation. By halfway through PS5 and PSVR2, we'll have rather wide adoption, and much stronger sales of anti seasickness medicine.

Seriously, though, I'm super excited for RE7.
 

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Yeah Bob, same here. I'm pretty impressed with what they pulled off already. I have my copy of RE7 pre-ordered and on Monday the Platinum headset is being delivered. I don't know if I could tolerate 12 hours of RE7 in VR though. Man, the VR demo had me kinda nervous! I believe VR will most likely be iterative, and will be here for the long term. Even if just for movies and sporting events.