E3 2017: Sony teases virtual reality games
Sony has teased a string of new games for its PSVR virtual reality headset hardware ahead of the E3 video games show in Los Angeles.
VR content for role-playing adventure Skyrim was shown, as was a new first-person horror title, The Inpatient.
A virtual reality fishing simulator for Final Fantasy – Monster of the Deep – was also debuted.
It contrasts sharply with rival Microsoft’s announcements at E3 this year, which barely mentioned VR.
Last week, Sony revealed that it has sold one million PSVR headsets to date, meaning there is already a sizeable market for new VR titles.
The company also used its E3 show to highlight a string of new blockbuster titles that will be coming to the PS4.
“In 2017 it continues to be all about the games,” said Shawn Layden, president and chief executive of of Sony Interactive Entertainment America, as he introduced the showcase.
“Playstation is home to all the biggest and best franchises in the world.”
Spiderman, a major exclusive for the platform will arrive in 2018, the firm revealed, having shown off new gameplay.
Among others, the titles were a remake of Shadow of the Colossus, also expected in 2018, and Monster Hunter World, due early the same year.
And there was more footage of God of War – a highly anticipated action game, first teased at Sony’s E3 event in 2016.
Before the firm’s main briefing got under way, it announced a new feature for PlayStation owners – PlayLink, which lets friends join gaming experiences via their smartphones.
“PlayLink is there to promote local, social play using smartphones as second screen,” said IHS Technology analyst Piers Harding-Rolls on Twitter.
However, he added, “Second screen gaming has never been very popular.”