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PlayStation boss says “indies have been waiting for” PSVR 2 – Effinate Games


At this point, we’ve heard a lot of technical talk about the PlayStation VR 2. Eye-tracking, headset feedback, 4K HDR and specs like that are all well and good, but for many consumers it all boils down to what they can actually Game on the device. PlayStation boss Shuhei Yoshida believes a new wave of VR indie games will arrive when PSVR 2 launches.

Yoshida is the head of PlayStation’s Independent Developer Initiative, and he recently appeared at GI.biz’s annual GI Live Summit. Below 30 minute fire chat, he declared his faith in the indie scene. “There are big games like Horizon: Call of the Mountain and Resident Evil Village, and yes, they’re great, but it’s the indies, in my mind, that are really taking the risk because they want to make games on VR,” he stated. “India has been waiting for this next VR boom, like Mizuguchi-san.” Yoshida references Rez and Tetris Effects Tetsuya Mizuguchi there, as the director has previously expressed interest in developing a game for PSVR 2.

At the moment, No Man’s Sky is the most notable indie title that has been promised for PSVR 2. As Yoshida said, VR more often leans towards triple-A spinoffs or additional content for existing games. The aforementioned Horizon: Call of the Mountain falls into the former category, while a planned PSVR 2 version of Resident Evil Village will give players a (literally) new perspective on the 2021 horror game.

It’s worth pointing out that the original PSVR headset saw a handful of enjoyable indie games. The list includes the dark rhythm game Thumper, the lovable fairy-tale adventure Moss and its sequel. However, PSVR 2 will not be backwards compatible with PSVR 1 games, which hampers the library a bit. Likewise, PSVR 2 will not be compatible with PC games, although that may change in the future.

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