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Sony and Microsoft differ on the future of virtual reality

Sony has made it clear that virtual reality is a big part of it’s video gaming future.

Shawn Layden, CEO, Sony Interactive Entertainment America
“The future is here and it is now with PlayStation 4 Pro and PSVR.”

That’s in direct contrast to it’s closest competitor, the Xbox One X, what Microsoft calls “the world’s most powerful console,” which won’t support the emerging technology.

Shawn Layden, CEO, Sony Interactive Entertainment America
“Virtual reality is now a real consumer product and our consoles are more powerful than ever offering 4K and HDR options.”

Sony’s presentation at E3, the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles on Monday included teasers of a ‘Final Fantasy 15’ VR game called ‘Monsters of the Deep’—a game primarily focused on fishing, due for release in September.

Combat gameplay in ’Skyrim’ was also teased—a PSVR game that’s due for release in November.

As was the brand new title, ‘Moss,’ about a mouse who heads off to explore the wilderness.

Sony has sold more than a million PSVR headsets that work on it’s PlayStation 4 consoles.

And following Microsoft’s E3 presentation last year, many gamers were under the impression that the next Xbox console would hook up to a high-end VR headset.

But in Microsoft’s press conference on Sunday, to reveal the Xbox One X, VR barely got a mention.

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Xbox marketing chief Mike Nichols said that VR is more popular and better suited for personal computers than consoles.

He said: “The opportunity on PC is larger, because the install base is larger and we think the customer experience will be better on PC.”

Microsoft says it’s focusing on supporting mixed reality, which overlays digital content in the real world, through products such as its own HoloLens.

Other games unveiled at Sony’s press conference on Monday included an eight-minute trailer of PlayStation exclusive ‘Spider-man’ being developed by Insomniac Games…

‘Call of Duty: World War II’ was also teased, with some dramatic pyrotechnics.

The new entry from Activision steps back in time after last year’s sci-fi instalment, ‘Infinite Warfare.’

In the game you are part of the 1st Infantry Division landing in Normandy on D-Day.

“It’s good for me that ‘Call of Duty’ gets back to its roots. And I was able to play it and it pretty much nails it, yeah” says Heiko Klinge, an E3 Attendee.

Other games shown off included ‘Days Gone,’ ‘God of War’ and ‘Detroit: Become Human.’