PS4? Xbox Durango? Nope – VR headset Oculus Rift is the real next-generation of gaming, the company has claimed.
Right from the very beginning of 3D games one of the goals has been to make a virtual reality, to make you feel like you're actually present in the world,” Oculus Rift CEO and founder Palmer Luckey told VG247.
That's really what first-person games are meant to do. I think that virtual reality – it's very clear that people want this. They see it and they say ‘This is something I want; I want to be in these worlds'.
There're other potential paths to next generation gaming, like people say ‘Mobile is the next generation' or touch or social – but you don't see people saying ‘Wow, all my life I've always wanted to play a social mobile casual streaming game with microtransactions'.
But what they do say is, ‘I want to play a game in virtual reality'. And that's why I think this is getting so much traction, and why it will really be a next generation gaming device.”
Luckey even went so far as to criticise Sony for taking the wrong direction with PS4.
Maybe it's the right path for them. I wouldn't have gone down that path because I'm a VR enthusiast, I wanna make virtual reality happen,” he added.
So in terms of have Sony gone down the wrong path in terms of my point of view as a VR enthusiast? Yeah, sure, but that's because I'm a nut that loves VR so anything that's not VR is going to be a mistake for me.”