MICROSOFT is making a push to enter the metaverse, but PlayStation inventor Ken Kutaragi has called it ‘nonsense’.
Talk to Bloomberg, Kutaragi made it clear that he’s not a fan of the metaverse or the VR headset that people would have to fail to access it.
“Being in the real world is important, but the metaverse is about making it lifelike in the virtual world, and I can’t see the point of doing that,” he told the outlet.
“Would you rather be a polished avatar instead of the real you? That’s basically no different from anonymous message boards.”
At one point in the evolution of the Internet, a disdain for anonymity was shared by many users.
People don’t seem to mind or care these days, with a bunch of people choosing their ‘polished avatar’ by way of filters and anything other than ‘their true self’
The concept of the metaverse is still evolving, but the only way to immerse yourself in any virtual reality right now is to use an expensive headset.
Sony, where Kutaragi served as president and chief executive officer, has announced the second iteration of its VR headset, called PlayStation VR2.
While we’ve had a look at the controls, Sony has yet to reveal the headset itself.
Hopefully we’ll see a more compact and lightweight piece of hardware, but even then, Kutaragi doesn’t mind the idea.
“Headphones will isolate you from the real world, and I can’t agree with that. Headphones are simply annoying,” he said.
Kutaragi’s current venture is holding the position of CEO at AI startup Ascent Robotics.
His goal is to bring the virtual world into the real world without the aid of unwieldy wearables, and more along the lines of the holograms we see in science movies. Fiction.
His vision for e-commerce shares some similarities with the metaverse, in that you can have a ‘virtual’ shopping experience, but it will be in the real world with holograms, rather than holograms. Wear headphones and use your avatar to digitally browse the marketplace.
With continued investment in VR as well as AR headsets, we will have to see which concepts will succeed.
But Kutaragi may be underestimating the value of escapism and anonymity that being a virtual avatar brings.
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