E3 2017 is just around the corner. The annual video game mega-show typically plays host to some of the industry’s biggest announcements and this year is shaping up to be just as big as ever.
There will be plenty of fresh faces at E3 this year but, as usual, most eyes will be locked on one of the show’s most battle-hardened veterans: Sony.
Sony’s press conference has been one of, if not the, biggest events at E3 for the past several years. The company has managed to stand out from the competition by focusing on showing games over anything else. This E3, we will undoubtedly be treated to the usual cinematic bombardment during Sony’s showcase but hopefully a major part of this onslaught will be devoted to the PSVR.
Sony’s inaugural VR system was released last year and has gone on to sell nearly one million units at last count. However, despite the success that comes with being tied to the PlayStation ecosystem, the PSVR remains the least powerful of all the upper-tier headsets.
While competitors such as the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive have been regularly updating their performance with new hardware and software patches, the PSVR is more or less the same device that shipped last year. Upcoming accessories like the AIM controller are nice, but don’t do much to improve the issues with PSVR’s tracking and controls.
The Vive in particular is beginning to form a web of hardware add ons that, when combined, have the potential to make it the most advanced commercial VR headset in existence. Similarly, Oculus has plans to spend half a billion dollars 0n exclusive VR content for the Rift.
These sorts of investments are key to fostering a more successful and long-lasting VR industry, and yet Sony has been moving slowly to adopt similar practices.
Our question to you all this week is this: is it time for the PSVR to get an upgrade?
Whether it’s new hardware, more compelling content or something else all together, is this the year that Sony should get on that E3 stage and announce some serious support for its newest platform? Let us know what you think in the comments below!