PS5 And PSVR2 Should Be ‘Separate’ Products But ‘Essential Together’ – Knockout League Dev

by Jamie Feltham • February 12th, 2018

Sony’s PlayStation 4 will have enjoyed five years on the market by the end of 2018 and it’s had a great run with a massive 73 million units sold as of December 2017. But as the console grows older, fans have increasingly started to wonder what comes next or, rather, where is PlayStation 5? For VR fans, that question is even more complicated.

PS4 and PlayStation VR are sold as separate products, both relatively affordable on their own but starting at around $500 together (and you need a PS4 to use PSVR). This has us wondering about how VR will look on the unannounced PS5; will Sony ask us to lay down a lot of money for two separate pieces of hardware yet again, or will a potential PSVR2 actually be bundled in with the hardware?

We don’t yet know, but the developer of Knockout League thinks they should be kept separate.

Speaking to Official PlayStation Magazine UK (via Wccftech), Harold Vancol, Creative Director at the studio behind Knockout League, noted that the two should be separate, though ultimately be considered ‘essential’ together.

“Buying a new console is a big undertaking for a lot of people, and buying the headset that I think people want to see in the future of PlayStation can almost be like buying a new console,” Vancol said. “So having these purchases separated gives each thing its own time to shine. However, PlayStation 5 and PSVR should be considered essential together.”

There’s much to learn about how Sony will handle VR on its next console, which the company last year said was ‘some time‘ from release. Will current PSVR owners be able to use their existing headsets with the console on day one? No doubt a potential leap in hardware capabilities will provide much more immersive experiences, but will we also see a second iteration of the headset — which is considered relatively successful at two million units sold — that could drastically change the tracking systems and more.

How Sony will introduce its next generation of VR, which could include new controllers, is one of the biggest questions for VR for the next few years.

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  • Nosfar

    Wow , wish i could get my 35 seconds back, Bill the fry cook at “what a burger “says that they should be sold together.

  • impurekind

    I think it’s too early to be talking about the likes of PS5. The PS4 has only been out like 4 years, we have a mid-gen .5 upgrade that’s just came out, all previous PlayStations have been out longer before the next console comes around (and that’s when we didn’t have mid-gen upgrades). So, yeah, this is too early to start thinking the likes of PS4 and PS4 Pro are old and we need to get the next new system.

    • Sir Williams

      Ps1 released in 94
      Ps2 released in 2000
      Ps3 released 2006
      Ps4 released 2013

      So its every 6 years with ps4 being an exception due to bad economy, making that console 7 years.

      Its now year 5 of the ps4, seems pretty reasonable to start talking about a new console.

      • impurekind

        Sony does not tend to basically entirely ignore the last gen system once the next gen one comes out; Nintendo does tend to basically entirely ignore the last gen system once the next gen one comes out. This is why Sony’s systems tend to have ten year lifespans in terms of official support, give or take, and Nintendo’s don’t.

        • Sir Williams

          Never once did i say sony would stop supporting the ps4. It doesn’t change that come next year or the year after the ps5 is most likely gonna get released.

  • I think that XBox with Kinect has shown us that is better to sell stuff separately