Tens of thousands descended on the Tokyo Game Show on Thursday (September 18) for a peek at the future of the gaming world which this year saw industry heavyweights turning towards virtual reality as the next battleground.
Sony Computer Entertainment showed off their "Project Morpheus", which they unveiled earlier in the year teasing visitors with sword fighting and like science fiction movie-like demos.
The device which works in tandem with a Playstation still has few titles available for it and is still in a prototype level, developers said.
"At this point, we've only announced it as a prototype. So going forward we still to refine the parts to it and get the content for it as well. Most of all we just want to do our best to get people to actually buy the product," explained Sony's Corporate Communication's Masaki Tsukakoshi.
Samsung also had their version of virtual reality on display in the form of their "Wear VR" system that is all run using a Samsung Galaxy smartphone.
Kazuto Natsume, Samsung Japan's media solution's team manager, said that with the launch of the "Wear VR" system approaching in Japan they expect to see new growth in the field.
"I think the market scale will continue to expand. What we are hoping for is in the future to allow more people to use virtual reality content of their cell phones and to actually launch this VR device.
Startup Oculus VR, which Facebook bought in March for $2 billion, also drew crowds for its latest virtual reality headset. The Oculus technology is also used by Samsung.
Another booth using the Oculus technology was that of Cyberith which showed off their system that allows a person to walk in place and move in the world of the game one is experiencing.
The founder, Tuncay Cakmak, said that he sees the virtual reality field blossoming into something as large as smartphones is now, within 5 years.
"Everything began with the Oculus, now the startups are coming, big companies are working on virtual reality and we see virtual reality in about 5 years everywhere. It will be the next big thing after smartphones. And alot of people have smartphones, and there is also like Samsung gear where you can use your own smartphone as a virtual reality device. So virtual reality will be a part of everyone in about 5 years," Cakmak said.
The Tokyo Game show has 420 companies participating this year. A total of 270,000 visitors from the industry and general public attended the expo last year.
It runs from September 18 to September 21.
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