Global Game Jam 2022 is about to kick off, and Sony is supporting the event by challenging budding developers to incorporate virtual reality into their games. With the upcoming release of PSVR 2, Sony understandably wants to ramp up its VR development efforts and obviously doesn’t want to rely solely on existing studios to experiment with the technology.
Why having a solid library of PSVR 2 games is important
VR headsets are still considered a novelty by many and have yet to become mainstream. We’ve seen killer apps like Half-Life: Alyx but the market remains niche. Until VR headsets have a strong library, adoption rates are unlikely to see the kind of increase Sony wants. At Global Game Jam 2022, Sony wants attendees to “be visionary.” “Enable VR support in your game and/or implement eye tracking capabilities as part of your game,” the challenge reads.
Global Game Jam 2022 will take place from January 20-30 worldwide. It will be interesting to see how the participants take up Sony’s challenge.
Opinion: Sony bets on PSVR 2
Zarmena writes… It’s good to see Sony go full-throttle on PSVR 2. PSVR was a good first step, and while the release of its technologically-enhanced successor is the next logical step, gamers need to see a robust library of games to justify spending money on a new headset or upgrading their existing device. We need more studios to consider VR development, starting with aspiring developers who haven’t started their career yet.
In other news, Microsoft dropped a bombshell yesterday when it announced the acquisition of Activision Blizzard, and while the deal may raise suspicion, it’s unlikely to be met with headaches. legal.
[Source: Global Game Jam]