Could we one day see Oculus exclusive games like Lone Echo, Stormland and Asgard’s Wrath on PSVR?
Oculus’ Jason Rubin would like that very much. Speaking to Kotaku at E3 last month, Oculus’ VP of Special Gaming Initiatives said he would “love” to make a trade with Sony.
“We’ve thought about it,” he replied when asked if Oculus games could come to PSVR. “I would love to make a trade with Sony. You know they have great stuff that they funded, and we have great stuff we’ve funded.”
Oculus publishes exclusive games for Rift and Quest under its Oculus Studios label. The Facebook-owned company funds games from developers like Ready at Dawn and Insomniac under this initiative. Sony, meanwhile, owns developers like Sony London that work on PSVR exclusive titles such as Blood & Truth. Both companies produce some of the most polished, visually astounding and all-round best games in VR.
But could a trade actually work? The VR scene finds itself in an interesting stage of collaboration in its early years, where companies are more concerned with making the industry sustainable than they are directly competing with rivals. Oculus could certainly stand to benefit from selling its software on PSVR, which has sold over 4.4 million units (Rift and Quest figures aren’t known).
The real question is if Sony would be willing to cooperate. PlayStation-published games tend to remain exclusive to PlayStation, but bringing high-end PC titles to its next VR headset, rumored to be supporting the next PlayStation console, could be hugely advantageous. At the same time, we’d love to play the likes of Astro Bot: Rescue Mission on a Rift.
For now, we’ll just have to wait and see.