GTA and Borderlands publisher wary of VR

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GTA and Borderlands publisher wary of VR

Release Date: 20/11/2014

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Strauss Zelnick, CEO of Take Two, the company which owns Borderlands publisher 2K Games and GTA developer Rockstar, has admitted he's not convinced that virtual reality is what gamers want.

Grand Theft Auto 5 may have just launched for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One with an immersive new first-person view that lets players really feel like they're walking the detailed streets of Los Santos themselves, but it seems we may not get to take that extra step and really put ourselves into that world – at least not until there's a clear demand for it.

“Not yet,” was Zelnick's response to the question of VR during an appearance on business channel Bloomberg TV. “Part of it is we need to see how the headsets roll out and how we can best deliver an experience,” he continued. “We are concerned. We don’t want people getting nauseated. And also, having had the experience, I’m not sure how long you want an immersive headset on your head.”

Other companies, of course, are a lot more enthusiastic. Facebook bought Oculus Rift and Sony has its Project Morpheus in development. “I will say this,” added Zelnick. “If that’s what consumers want, we’ll be first in line to give it to them.”

For now, he doesn't see much point investing in the technology. “We prefer to be a fast follower. No one else can make our intellectual property – only we can. I’m happy to have other people spend loads of dough on R&D.”

Grand Theft Auto 5 is out now for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, as well as PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It comes to PC in January.

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