Right after the PS4 fever was a bit lower, people started asking about the upcoming PS5 and what would be its necessary features. One cool thing to be seen here was that the upcoming PlayStation 5 will act like a proper gaming machine with its discrete GPU.
This surely gives it a superior position with providing the power to other consoles including:
- PS4 /PS4 Pro
- Xbox One
- Xbox One S
- Xbox One X
This seems to be a great cross-platform opportunity for all the console gamers out there but a concept which we all were probably missing by now, is that Sony wants us to consider the PS5 and PSVR “essential together.” This was revealed by Grab Games’ Creative Director, Harold Vancol in an interview with the Official PlayStation Magazine UK (March 2018, issue 146):
Buying a new console is a big undertaking for a lot of people, and buying the headset that I think people want to see in the future of PlayStation can almost be like buying a new console. So having these purchases separated gives each thing its own time to shine. However, PlayStation 5 and PSVR should be considered essential together.
We consider the point important because Grab Games is currently on the John Wick Chronicles, Knockout League, and other big titles including some prior work with the PS4 and PSVR. According to Vancol:
A lot of VR experiences are just fundamentally different from the way we’ve all been used to playing and that’s really exciting. As the amount of great content goes up, the price of hardware goes down, which gets us to a sweet spot. I think the first generation of VR is approaching that sweet spot.
Empowering the PS5 for such a great cross-platform chance is excellent but what remains to be seen here is that whether the gamers would like the concept of forcing the VR games upon gamers who’d like to play just with the glasses off.