The ‘father of the Playstation’ didn’t throw a punch when asked what he thought of the Metaverse in an interview with Bloomberg, echoing what many naysayers have said since he has become the buzzword of the day in the tech world. Bloomberg interviewed gaming industry legend Ken Kutaragi, former CEO and president of Sony’s games division, asking him what he thinks about this virtual future we will all experience one day, and he didn’t. minced his words. “Headsets would isolate you from the real world, and I can’t agree with that,” he said, referring to the fact that we’ll need some sort of head-mounted display (HMD) to get into this. fantasy realm. “Helmets are just boring,” he concluded.
For those living under a rock, the Metaverse is a concept that’s been around for a while, but it’s gained a lot of traction over the past few months due to Facebook’s renaming to Meta and the release of an unintentional comical video showing what he thinks it will look like. Although the video has spawned a million memes and a massive amount of salt online, not everyone is laughing because it seems like every major tech company is now jumping on the Metaverse bandwagon. Microsoft’s takeover of Activision Blizzard last week for nearly $70 billion is believed to be Mateverse-related, and even non-tech companies like Boeing are already talking about how they want to build planes in the Metaverse, in a way. or another.
For the uninitiated, the Metaverse, as currently understood by most, requires you to don a virtual reality (VR) headset and enter a virtual world where your avatar can do whatever you are currently doing. in the real world, either at home, at work, our in the real world. For example, you can join a meeting with your colleagues and see all their avatars as they would see yours, and the meeting room could be on top of a volcano, for example. It’s like a Zoom meeting on acid. Regardless of the merits of this kind of unlimited access to new experiences, Kutaragi is unimpressed. “Being in the real world is very important, but the metaverse is about making the virtual world almost real, and I don’t see the point of doing that,” he told Bloomberg. Going even further in his critique, he asked, “You’d rather be a polite avatar than your true self? It is essentially no different from anonymous messaging sites.
While Kutaragi may not be on the same page as some of his peers when it comes to the future of the Metaverse, it seems some are tacitly on board with him. As an example, it was recently reported that Apple’s next headset, which will likely offer both augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality, will be designed in a way that will not be “compatible with the metaverse”. Instead, Apple would be interested in having its customers wear it only for brief periods in order to consume content, instead of donning it and collapsing in a bean bag chair for an entire workday. Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman said, “I’ve been told quite directly that the idea of a completely virtual world that users can escape to – as they can in Meta Platforms’ vision of the future /Facebook – is prohibited by Apple,” Gurman said. .