VR a "bad idea" for Sony, says analyst

David Wildgoose
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Industry analyst Michael Pachter believes Sony is wasting its time on virtual reality technology.

Speaking to DualShockers in the wake of Sony's Project Morpheus announcement and ahead of Facebook's acquisition of Oculus, Pachter described Sony's move as a "bad idea."

“I think it’s a bad idea for multiple participants to chase it, and I think it’s a really bad idea for Sony,” he told DualShockers. “I have no problem with the Oculus Rift and that they’re trying it, because they’re a startup 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.

“The Oculus Rift guys are making some games themselves, and they hired some pretty impressive people. Sony certainly is capable of doing the same, and if you wanna think about Sony’s success here, remember all the big 3D games and how those did. Nobody cares. So I think it’s just a super super small market.”


Tags: Sony , analysts , michael pachter , oculus , VR , oculus rift , Project Morpheus

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