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Eve Online boss thinks we’re overestimating VR: “it’s not going to be big”

Eve: Valkyrie

CCP Games are hard at work on one of VR gamings most exciting projects: EVE Valkyrie. But despite it proving to be quite something, head honchos at CCP don’t believe that VR is going to skyrocket like some of us expect. The studio’s chief executive officer Hilmar Veigar Pétursson was talking at a panel at SlushPlay in Iceland recently, where he explained that we shouldn’t expect VR to be big anytime soon.

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“People tend to overestimate what we will accomplish in five years,” said Pétursson. “But they tend to underestimate where we’ll be in 10 years.”

“3D cards took six years to catch on, and phones took 10 years,” said Pétursson. “I used to go to GDC, and they would say that mobile phones are the future, and it was nothing. Ringtones were a bigger business than games back then.”

“And we sit here and say VR is going to be big next year, and it’s not going to be big.”

It seems like Pétursson has a very grounded expectation for the growth of VR. Whilst he doesn’t discount that the platform could grow into a very large one, he understands that expecting VR to be massively adopted as it takes its first steps into the sunlight is ridiculous. As exciting as many of us may find it, there will still be people opposed to wearing goggles, those who think it’s a 3D-like fad, and even more who will simply be put off by the price. In a decade though? Who knows.

Thanks, VentureBeat.