Look, I get it, it’s been a tough begin to the 12 months of PlayStation VR. A number of weeks of drought lastly ended final Tuesday when Resident Evil 7 launched, and the dearth of huge releases in December have some feeling the headset is beginning to get left behind just a little. Add to that the closure of RIGS developer Guerrilla Cambridge and you may perceive the trepidation.
It’s an comprehensible concern. Sony’s earlier help for platforms doesn’t instill confidence; the great PlayStation Vita appeared to be deserted months after launch because the device was repositioned to help (sensible) indie titles and never the AAA games the corporate had promised. PlayStation Transfer, too, had a meager life on PlayStation three, with the corporate failing to ever produce a real system vendor. Its try to get everybody enjoying in 3D too resulted in failure.
In case you’re following these strands then, yes, it’s affordable to imagine that Sony may let its headset fade into obscurity within the close to future, nevertheless it’s just too quickly to declare it lifeless, as many articles on the web over the previous few weeks have been tempted to do.
It’s true, content material for PS VR is trying just a little sparse of late. As nice as Resident Evil 7 is, it’s not for everybody and its marketing campaign will only final you so lengthy. What we’re experiencing, although, feels extra like an unlucky hole within the strong help indie builders have dropped at the system since launch, possible spurred extra by the unproductive vacation season relatively than a need to keep away from the platform. I do know builders that say their software sells very nicely on PS VR; nobody desires to see it gone.
What it tells me shouldn’t be that Sony is giving up on its device lengthy earlier than its proven even a touch of its true promise, however that it must type out its content material pacing and developer evangelism. Time and time once more I discuss to builders that say they’ll convey their games to Rift and Vive first after which PS VR a couple of months down the road as soon as they’ve bought their certification systems sorted out and optimization sorted. True, these are small groups with out the sources to do three variations of a recreation without delay, however I really feel like if studios knew the true worth of being on PS VR, then they’d prioritize that model extra.
And, yes, I’m positive the corporate is doing lots on this discipline in reality, nevertheless it actually doesn’t assist that it’s been so quiet about it just lately. December’s PlayStation Expertise was an enormous miss for the headset; a golden alternative to point out some thrilling new content material. As a substitute, the corporate confirmed a pleasant, if uninspiring new shooter. PS VR had a number of massive bulletins at E3, however by PSX most of them had been spent and, now that Resident Evil 7 is out, we’re left questioning “What’s next?”
Farpoint is one answer that I’m nonetheless very enthusiastic about, nevertheless it’s the lone Sony-published VR recreation we learn about proper now. We have to see the corporate get out forward of the present considerations and show to us the $399 we spent on these headsets wasn’t misplaced.
I don’t consider it was for a second, however I’m beginning to marvel simply how they’ll ease fears.