This is an odd one: Andrew House, one of the top dogs at Sony, is worried about his company being the market leader when it comes to high-quality virtual reality gaming.
“I‘m not entirely comfortable being the market leader in VR by such a margin that seems to be happening right now,” Andrew House told Reuters. “With such a brand new category you want a variety of platforms all doing well to create that rising tide and create the audience.”
He does have a point. In the three months through June, Sony sold a staggering 500,000 PSVR headsets which easily put it at the top of the VR food chain. But… Wait for it. This isn’t amazing news for everyone. Sony has only had its product out for just under a year, yet it has taken the top spot away from its rivals that have been on the market for a longer period of time. Obviously cost is a big factor here, but what House says about a rising tide lifting all ships could not be more true; the VR industry needs everyone, not just one player, to be successful for the medium to take off and hit the mainstream.
As it stands, Sony is in a great position, despite having the most inferior hardware. Thanks to an affordable price (still bloody expensive, though), a decent library of games behind it with more to come in the future, and the ease of use (no tinkering with PCs) it’s easier for consumers to look towards Sony’s headset as a first step into VR.