GTA 5 publisher: gaming isn’t ready for virtual reality

By Brenna Hillier, Wednesday, 19 November 2014 21:34 GMT

Take Two boss Strauss Zelnick doesn’t think virtual reality gaming is going to happen – yet.

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Zelnick, CEO of the parent company of Grand Theft Auto publisher Rockstar and Borderlands publisher 2K Games, was asked during during a Bloomberg TV appearance (as transcribed by IGN) whether gaming is ready for virtual reality experiences like Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus.

“Not yet,” he said.

“Part of it is we need to see how the headsets roll out and how we can best deliver an experience. We are concerned. We don’t want people getting nauseated. And also, having had the experience, I’m not sure how long you want an immersive headset on your head.”

Zelnick added that “we’ll find out” when virtual reality is something the market wants, and Take Two will be there.

“I will say this. If that’s what consumers want, we’ll be first in line to give it to them,” he said.

Zelnick said Take Two doesn’t see any point in jumping in now, when it could wait and make money on its own current strengths before getting on the bandwagon,

“We prefer to be a fast follower. No one else can make our intellectual property – only we can. I’m happy to have other people spend loads of dough on R&D,” he said.

This isn’t the first time Take Two has expressed its doubts about VR, commenting in May that it is “anti-social”.

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