Dr. Richard Marks of Sony showcased the PlayStation VR during the PlayStation Experience 2015 event in San Francisco. Alas, the device went out of control.
The two-person demo by Dr. Marks was not pulled off as planned. He and his partner were on the big stage and was wearing the VR. What they see, which includes the virtual space they’re in, was projected on a big screen. There were two screens, each showing what the two of them see. They were supposed to throw discs at each other. The goal is to hit the opponent. Sadly, it didn’t happened. What happened was he couldn’t throw discs at his VR partner which means that his motion-detecting Move controllers failed. However, the other player could throw discs at him though it was obvious that the controls weren’t that accurate. It became precise eventually but it took a long time.
On the bright side, the demo really showed that it is possible for two people to be in the same virtual place and interact, like throw discs at each other. “I hope this demo gives you a taste of what PlayStation VR is all about,” Marks said after the demo.
Sony PlayStation VR, which will be released on spring next year and is Sony’s entry in the booming field of virtual reality, is said to be a $30 billion business by year 2020. It will compete with Facebook’s Oculus VR division which is the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive for the PC, based on Steam VR Technology from Vive.
Microsoft does not have a VR entry of its own yet though it has an alliance with Oculus VR. However, they are working on HoloLens, an augmented-reality glasses.
With the virtual reality field rising, it would be a tough competition between the companies and soon enough, we will see other tech companies having their own VR entries.