Sony is not looking to win the high-end VR headset war with Oculus.
Comparisons between the three big VR headsets are inevitable. In the case of PlayStation VR, these comparisons can go a little bit differently.
For one thing, the headset is designed to work only with a PlayStation 4. This means the power that drives it are a lot less than that of a $1,500 PC, which is more or less what you need for the Rift. Sony knows this, however, and its aim is to have the biggest VR market share, not necessarily the top end.
“If you just talk about the high-end quality, yes, I would admit that Oculus may have better VR,” Sony Computer Entertainment vice president Masayasu Ito told Polygon.
“However, it requires a very expensive and very fast PC. The biggest advantage for Sony is our headset works with PS4. It’s more for everyday use, so it has to be easy to use and it has to be affordable.
“This is not for the person who uses a high-end PC. It’s for the mass market.”
Sony has yet to announce a release date or a price for PlayStation VR. Price remains the biggest barrier to VR mass adoption, and it’s something Sony will no doubt take into account before revealing the cost of the unit.
The piece at Polygon covers a lot more than Rift comparisons, and it’s well worth your time, if you’re interested in a behind-the-scenes look at PlayStation VR.