Don't expect Battlefield or Mass Effect in virtual reality anytime soon
Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson says he's "eager to see" where virtual reality headsets like Oculus Rift go, but explains that EA needs to see a healthy install base before jumping in.
Could we one day see Battlefield, Mass Effect, or Need for Speed in virtual reality? Perhaps, but don't expect that to happen anytime soon, Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson said today.
During a post-earnings financial call today, Wilson said EA is "eager to see how [Oculus Rift] evolves," but made clear that virtual reality technology needs to sell a healthy number of units before EA gets on board.
"Oculus VR has done an amazing job in the realm of virtual reality. We're eager to see how the headset evolves over the coming years," Wilson said. "For us, we're always cognizant of immersive technologies and new opportunities. And with every new technology, it's important for us to be sure that there will be an attractive install base before investing heavily. But [Oculus VR is] certainly making strong progress."
Wilson went on to say that EA is currently monitoring the entire virtual reality marketplace--Oculus Rift and presumably Sony's Project Morpheus--so that if and when virtual reality becomes a "high-demand" activity, EA can be ready to support it in its games.
Social networking giant Facebook acquired Oculus VR, maker of Oculus Rift, earlier this year in a surprise deal worth an estimated $2 billion. There's no word yet on when the Oculus Rift headset will be available publicly or what it will cost when it's released.
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