Sony is predicting a comeback for virtual reality

Tuesday, 28th June 2011 21:54 GMT By Andrew Groen

Sony Vice President Mike Hocking was quoted this week in a video interview as saying that we now have the technology to make virtual reality work, and that it could make a comeback.

This ties into Sony’s recent reveal of an in-progress virtual reality headset at the Consumer Electronics Show 2011 in Las Vegas. There’s no further information yet available about Sony’s HMD (head mounted display) device, but it’s becoming clear that Sony is putting its weight behind the technology.

“Another thing that’s coming back which I’m very excited is the notion of virtual reality,” said Hocking in the video interview.

“So we have our new HMD – or head-mounted display – which was announced at CES earlier this year, and you can see that we can now get back to where we really wanted to get with virtual reality in the ’80s.

“We’ve now got the power to do it, we’ve got the screen resolution to do it, we’ve got the processing power to update fast enough so we can have very immersive experiences on head-mounted displays in gaming in the not too distant future.

“Being in a virtual world where I can see my virtual hands or a virtual gun with all the things we can do in the gaming world is going to be absolutely amazing,” Hocking continued.

Though Sony has been focusing on advancing 3D technology lately, it’s clear they’re already thinking about the next big thing.



  1. Thalius

    If 3D made a cameback why not VR…

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Erthazus

    If this will come out from Sony i can call this a REAL innovation, not some motion controller piece of crap like Kinect, Wii mote or PS Move.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. DSB

    So you think they’re trying to do VR without motion control? Okay then!

    The only difference between this and what’s already out there is the sensory depravation of the visor.

    Although it certainly would be nice to see either Microsoft or Sony make some daring moves with their next consoles.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. OrbitMonkey

    The dream of fucking Lara Croft take a step closer to reality for thousands of dweebs ;)

    #4 4 years ago
  5. DGOJG

    Now this is something I’d be down with in terms of ‘gimmics’ is way above 3D. However I do see Kaz saying something familiar during the announcment of this product…something about..$599

    #5 4 years ago
  6. manamana

    Reminds me of Neuromancer … I’ll dive from Chiba City fighting Wntermute! :-D

    I was hoping VR would make it back. Now that its on the horizon I am getting really pumped for it.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. _LarZen_

    I would kill for this…

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Erthazus



    #8 4 years ago
  9. DSB

    @4 Oh, no doubt. This is going to take japanese rape simulators to a whole new level.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. NightCrawler1970

    @8, well i will never make that when they comes with PS9 LOL, but it looks like that kid use Holo-deck… VR is basicly the first step of the holo-deck(vision), or the next step of “Move”… later on as the clip of Ert, Holo-deck is the max…., step in the world beyond imagination…. play as ganger in the 30, or be a space-trader in the future, everthing is possible, just download a DLC to the holo-deck and it do the rest….

    If PlayStation will comes with that cyclops helmet(3D) and have blue-tooth and build-in speakers, and it’s $200,- smackaroos, i will buy it…

    #10 4 years ago
  11. mojo

    sounds great.

    Holodeck is drawing near

    #11 4 years ago
  12. IL DUCE

    Next thing well have neural implants or jack into a chair like the Matrix LOL…I heard MS is working on that…jk

    #12 4 years ago
  13. NightCrawler1970

    @12, nice example!!! we all walks around with a plug-on our head, instead of butt-plug, HEAD-PLUG?? lmao

    #13 4 years ago

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