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What sold Sony on VR? God of War on a home made VR headset

God of War on a home made VR headset is what it took to convince the boss of PlayStation on VR

Anthony Garreffa | Oct 28, 2015 at 1:27 am CDT (1 min, 3 secs time to read)

Sony has been in the VR scene for years now, but only officially unveiling Project Morpheus in early 2014, officially naming it PlayStation VR last month. But where did it all start?

What sold Sony on VR? God of War on a home made VR headset |

The change for Sony was when Shuhei Yoshida, President of Worldwide Studios for PlayStation, played around with a custom-made, first-person Kratos demo from Santa Monica Studios - the developer of God of War. During the Paris Games Week, Yoshida was on a panel about VR, where he explained the very moment he believed VR was the future.

He said: "It was actually on PS3 at Santa Monica Studios. A developer who'd been working on God of War got me to try a handmade headset and when I put it on he used a God of War game. I was Kratos in first person view. When I looked down, I saw a strong man's body and I thought: I'm sold". He added: "Working on PlayStation VR, I feel like I'm back 20 years ago. I feel like I'm younger again".

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Anthony Garreffa

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Anthony Garreffa

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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