PlayStation VR celebrates its first birthday: one million gamers and counting

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PlayStation VR celebrates its first birthday: one million gamers and counting

Looking back at 12 months of extraordinary gaming, and the year ahead

One year ago today, the team at PlayStation was proud to introduce a thrilling new gaming experience crafted with a single goal in mind: pushing the boundaries of play.

PlayStation VR was designed to open a doorway into thrilling and captivating new worlds that electrify our senses. We are confident that virtual reality is that next step in in the evolution of the videogame medium, with a collection of more than 100 gaming experiences designed to make your synapses fire, your heart race, and your muscles twitch.

But we’ve been learning a lot about this medium along the way. Building the future of VR is a lot like creating a new language. Or maybe even an entirely new alphabet! With traditional videogame development, we can draw from nearly 40 years of experimentation, trial and error.

VR is a little bit different. Of course we’re still drawing from the long, proud history of traditional videogame development — but VR’s unique capabilities mean developing entirely different levels of artistry and engineering. Making VR a mainstream sensation will require the full efforts of our very best and brightest.

And as Chairman of PlayStation’s Worldwide Studios, let me tell you – the best and brightest are extremely excited about this powerful new medium. The biggest game developers and innovative independent developers have helped establish a rapidly growing PS VR game catalogue that rivals PS4’s at the same point in its lifespan.

So what’s next? For starters, I can tell you the best is yet to come.

More than 60 new PS VR games will launch through the end of 2017 and into the beginning of 2018.

Blockbusters like Skyrim VR, Bravo Team and The Inpatient will join the ranks of Farpoint, Resident Evil 7, and Batman: Arkham VR. New innovations like Moss, Starchild, and Rec Room will join Star Trek: Bridge Crew, Job Simulator, and Superhot VR.

The future is bright. And as we celebrate today, I want to give my sincerest thanks to the adventurous teams who helped create, shape, and build PlayStation VR. We are equally grateful for the one million-plus gamers who have taken the plunge into virtual reality with us. We’ll have a lot more to share with you in the days, weeks, and months ahead.

So again we ask, “what’s next?” And the answer is simple: the extraordinary! We want to be your guide. Are you ready to explore?

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  • I can’t say it’s for me (I don’t like first person games and I feel a bit claustrophobic with certain types of head gear on) but glad to see it’s doing alright and getting plenty of support and new games. I do however still use my Vita a heck of a lot whether with it’s own software or Remote Play of my PS4. Just sayin’. :P

    • I’d soo buy a Vita before a VR headset. Problem is they don’t seem to sell new ones anymore and haven’t done for about a year or two, or even three. I have a pile of Vita games due to PS+ but no way of playing them.

    • You could buy a PS TV. Allows you to play your Vita games on your TV using a PS3 controller. Check out Amazon or eBay. You do need a vita memory card too, to put the games on, as well as an HDMI cable.

  • Got PSVR day one! My favourite games so far are Until Dawn Rush of Blood, Superhot VR and Resident Evil 7! :D

  • Got my PSVR on release day and a ps4 pro to go with it, until dawn was amazing but frightening at times lol im looking forward to seeing more new release games in the future

  • Got the VR day one and I’m loving it. The US store got a flash sale for the anniversary tho, just saying…

  • Love the excellent support. Would also love to see the new PSVR model released in Europe, in a pack without the camera and a pack with the camera.

    Also a similar PS VR sale on the EU PSN store, like that US got, would be very welcome.

  • Tried to get one on release but out of stock everywhere, since then I’ve held back as I got stung by Sony before (EyeToy, Buzz, PS Eye, Move, Wonderbook etc) where support is very short lived, now the hype has died down many websites are claiming that this generation of VR is already dead in the water.

    There is hope with all the games coming out over the next year and to be honest I’m still tempted but not enough to buy one yet.

  • Only thing to say is where is our sale . ? The U.S gets one by Europe does not. This is so wrong

  • Agree with other comments… Love my psvr, had since day one and so many great games. I’ve got most of the available titles from the UK store, but would love to see a sale that’s on par with the US birthday sale. Might tempt me to complete my collection, or even replace the couple of disc games I have, with digital versions. BTW, my favourite game is probably superhot… Really good use of vr.

  • No Anniversary Sale like in the USA store?

  • We need more games like Rez Infinite. I haven’t tried superhot yet (though I bought it on sale), because I would have to move my couch table so I can play standing and that’s a bit of an issue, which is also why I only played Resident Evil once while standing, the next time I tried it seated and got super sick. But really, moving furniture around plus adjusting the camera every time I want to play RE7 or Superhot is annoying, so I played mostly Rez Infinite. Hopefully we get a good game for playing seated again, that uses the medium for more than just a quick selling point.

    Oh and Sony, please put ‘Ghost in the Shell: Virtual Reality Diver’ on the store!!

  • Where is the sale??

  • I wish the team at Rocksteady would release dlc for Arkham VR! I’d definitely pay for that.

  • I’m a huge fan of VR. Have bought plenty of games. I think we’ve had a really steady release of content for the whole year.

    I do think we need more demos for VR as videos really don’t get across how they will play in VR. A few games I’m sorta on the fence about and need to play them first, even if it’s just 5 or 10 mins to get a feel for the game.

    Very happy I invested in PSVR, and looking forward to what the next year has in store.

  • To quote Mr Layden  “We are equally grateful for the one million-plus gamers who have taken the plunge into virtual reality with us. We’ll have a lot more to share with you in the days, weeks, and months ahead.

    So again we ask, “what’s next?” And the answer is simple: ”               Yes it is Mr Layden show how grateful you are to the one million around the world and not just north america  by giving us all an anniversary sale…. thank you and goodnight

  • Buying a VR headset is basically like buying a whole new console, so right now it’s basically not being bought for the same reason I wont buy a Switch or an Xbone. There isn’t a big enough pile of decent looking games to make me want to jump onto that platform (it took me a little while to get a PS4 even).

    Also when I say decent games I mean at least 6 hour+ full games that aren’t just tech demos.

  • I also got my PSVR on release day…. And at first, I was one of the those where I got motion sickness. This was because I rushed in and played Battlezone and Driveclub for too long at the start. At the beginning I recommend short 15 minutes sessions. After the first month, the sickness had gone and was well worth taking my time to get use to the media. There are so many great VR games. Farpoint is amazing and really places on another planet. Eagle Flight by Ubisoft, is fanastic, Tiny Trax is great fun. If you are on the fence, try Battlefront Rogue One X-Wing Mission.. When the games loads up, a AT-AT walks past you…. Every friend of mine that has played this game, all have the same smile when that AT-AT walks past. Worth every penny, and so glad I was here at the start…. Love it. !!!!!!

  • By far the most gimmicky tech of your brand, and I hate gimmicks… Quite frankly unbelievable that THIS is seeing the light of day but any kind of portable (even Vita when it was relevant) has been put on ice. Facepalm is all that comes to mind.

  • I disagree about the lack of longer games. Granted, it’s not got many but it does have a few but VR is not best suited to long game sessions. IMO shorter games are perfect for VR. I think this becomes quite clear when someone has played VR for any extended time. (You’ve literally got a screen right up in you face)

    I think 4-5 hours for games is the sweet spot for VR games.

    Also people say it doesn’t have games. Couldn’t disagree more. It has many hidden gems that have gone under the radar of most users.

    I’m so happy it took the chance and supported VR since day one. It’s not perfect but it’s only the first real generation of VR and were getting games like Resi 7 already. ? 1 year on and I still love it.

  • Bought one day 1 as Gran Turismo Sport was going to be a launch title!

    Anyway, back to reality, since you’re acknowledging the Anniversary then why aren’t we getting the Anniversary sale NA got?

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