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Sony investing money into the development of VR headset Project Morpheus is a "really bad idea" as it will be hard to make money on the device, video games analyst Michael Pachter has told DualShockers.

"I think it's a bad idea for multiple participants to chase it, and I think it's a really bad idea for Sony," said Pachter.

The situation with Oculus Rift, however, is different because the firm is a start-up.

"I have no problem with the Oculus Rift, that they're trying it, because they're a start-up and that's a very small market and if they dominate it that's great, but if it's a small market and there are multiple players, it's gonna be hard for anybody to make money.

"And I don't think it's gonna be a big market. It sounds interesting, but I don't think there will be enough content to justify making the capital investment to create the headset. I think it's chicken and egg. If there's no content you're not gonna buy a virtual reality headset, and if you don't buy a virtual reality headset, there won't be any content, because no one will make a dedicated game for a very small audience."

Pachter concluded: "I think the Oculus guys are gonna be very happy with a million sales. If they get a million sales, they're gonna get a ton of money. A million sales is a huge success for Oculus Rift.

"It's just a hiccup for Sony."

Neither Oculus Rift or Project Morpheus have firm dates for commercial launches.

Source: DualShockers

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Bretty's Avatar


Still baffles me how someone with such a atrocious track record at analysing can still be called a "video game analyst" and obtain such a large amount of column inches on video game sites for doing it.
Posted 12:50 on 25 March 2014

skidoosh@ NickTheSwede

He seems to have a huge hard-on about slating Sony too to be honest
Posted 12:49 on 25 March 2014
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Karlius@ NickTheSwede

I sadly tend to agree. Who are Sony going to cater for the vast majority of gamers or a minority who want the VR. If they dedicate a team to creating VR content it'll probably end up being the only worthwhile content out there.

Just like Kinect focused games come through rare nobody else has really embraced the technology even now the thing is hitting every console with the one. We've seen bolt on additions but no full blown games. You have to remember that Kinect V1 sold shipt loads and still the games didn't come.

I just think for the amount of units they shift the cost of production of viable games will suffer. But I really hope that I am wrong as it's this kind of innovation (Alright like 3d it's bloody ancient and not really innovation other than it'll be a home unit) that pushes the boundaries of gaming.
Posted 12:49 on 25 March 2014

skidoosh@ NickTheSwede

I wouldn't listen to him, he's just a hack who's rarely correct in his predictions.
Posted 12:48 on 25 March 2014
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wtf? Sony got studios that can make games for the VR, how can he Think there wont be any games?
Posted 12:25 on 25 March 2014
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