While the entire gaming industry is highly anticipating the launch of a number of virtual reality headset’s throughout the year, it appears as if console gamers are more excited about the technology than their PC gaming counterparts, according to a new survey by GamesIndustry.biz. The survey presented the following question to gamers:
“New ‘virtual reality’ technology will soon be available, allowing you to experience more immersive entertainment at home. Wearing a special headset linked to devices such as computers or games consoles, you will be able to move around within virtual three dimensional environments and see and hear as if you were actually there. This could include playing video games, as well as interacting with other content (such as films or simulated environments). Assuming the price was acceptable to you, how interested would you be in having this type of ‘virtual reality’ technology at home?”
The results were somewhat surprising, with 63% of console gamers expressing interest in virtual reality, and only 51% of PC gamers showing the same level of interest in the technology. Furthermore, when narrowing down the consoles to just the Xbox One and Playstation 4, 71% of gamers expressed interest in VR. Below you will find the results presented by GameIndustry.biz:
These results may indicate that console gamers enjoy a more interactive experience, while PC gamers are more passive and are fine with the status quo. It’s also possible that pricing, as well as the need for additional hardware, may have played into the responses of the gamers. While Playstation VR will cost just $399 if you already own a console, the PC headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive will cost $599 and $799 respectively, and if you don’t have a PC powerful enough to run the game, that could add significantly to the cost.
Ultimately I do believe that the consoles have the best shot at taking Vr mainstream. The number of hardcore PC gamers is dwarfed by the 55 million+ Xbox One and Playstation 4 console owners. While there is little doubt that both HTC and Oculus will sell millions of headsets this year alone, the likelihood of longterm success is skewed towards both Sony and Microsoft in the long run. Let’s hear your thoughts on these results in the Console Vs. PC VR forum thread on VRTalk.com.