Shuhei Yoshida – Sony is ‘Friendly’ With Oculus, Sample Each Other’s Work

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Last week Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe made it clear that his company and its Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) headset didn’t see itself as a competitor to Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) and its Project Morpheus VR headset on PlayStation 4. In fact Iribe went as far as to state that the two companies were closer than most others. Now SCE worldwide studios president Shuhei Yoshida has backed up those remarks, stating that his company is ‘friendly’ with Oculus VR and even revealing that the two sample each other’s work.

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Yoshida revealed as much speaking to Engadget at E3 2014. “Yeah, we’ve been very friendly,” he said when asked about the relationship between the two companies. “We know lots of people there in the company.” Jason Rubin, who was taken on as Oculus VR’s own head of worldwide studios this month, was then referenced by the interviewer as an example, which Yoshida labelled ‘awesome news’.

“Jason has been our friend and it’s good to know that Oculus has really good people in charge to, you know, invest in contents and really great VR contents,” Yoshida continued. “But that helps us as well to, you know, get as many people to try great VR content. So that then is ‘oh something great is coming very soon’. So I think we don’t not necessarily have some business talk or some API talk or nothing like that. But we believe that we are working for – I believe at least – working for the same goal to popularise VR. You know, a great VR system and contents.

“So what they are doing is very inspiring to us. And hopefully what we are doing helps them to rethink some of the things they are doing. So we do lots of exchange of opinions. They invite us to try their stuff and we invite them to try our stuff. I think at this point everyone in this early VR movement is helping.”

Both Project Morpheus and the Oculus Rift were present at last week’s show with new software to showcase. Neither device currently has a consumer release date announced, though it’s thought that both will arrive in 2015. Will the two companies continue to work together as we inch closer to their eventual releases? VRFocus will continue to follow the development of both the Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus, bringing you the latest.

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