SIE Worldwide Studios chairman Shawn Layden has officially confirmed that the PlayStation VR will, in fact, have non-gaming apps.
In a recent interview with IGN, Layden said:
You probably won’t see that coming from our Worldwide Studios, because that’s not what we do. We do games… but there’s a lot of interest from the film and television arts community.
Our sisters at Sony Pictures Entertainment have a whole team spun up around VR and we’ve talked to Sony Music as well.
He then went on to explain that they let some well-known TV showrunners try out PlayStation VR, and their response was positive. He explained that they think that it, “completely blows up narrative,” forcing them to ask questions like, “What’s the concept of linear storytelling in a VR experience where I can’t necessarily force the viewer to go this way or go that way, or listen to this person or listen to that person?”
Now that video games consoles are no longer just that, and are instead entire entertainment systems, it would make sense for such a massive media company like Sony to want to bring in all of its wings to develop together. It will be exciting to see what they come up with.
PlayStation VR launches on October 13th.