Sony is set to make a big PlayStation VR announcement next week, but the company may already be lowering our expectations. In an interview with Polygon, the Japanese giant admitted that its headset won’t be as powerful as the competition, but said that may actually be an advantage.
“If you just talk about the high-end quality, yes, I would admit that Oculus may have better VR,” said Sony exec Masayasu Ito. “However, it requires a very expensive and very fast PC.”
Unlike the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, which need powerful gaming PCs to work, the PlayStation VR works with Sony’s PS4. That makes it a lot more affordable, even if the gaming console isn’t quite as capable as a specced-out gaming rig.
“The biggest advantage for Sony is our headset works with PS4,” Ito said. “It’s more for everyday use, so it has to be easy to use and it has to be affordable. This is not for the person who uses a high-end PC. It’s for the mass market.”
We still don’t know how much the PlayStation VR will cost but it’s expected to be about as expensive as a new console. That should put the price at around $300-$400, making it a lot more affordable than the Oculus Rift ($599) or HTC Vive ($799). Factor in the cost of a PC compared to a PS4 and the price gap gets even bigger.
Sony is set to make a big PlayStation VR announcement next week at GDC, so hopefully we’ll learn more then.