2016 is certainly shaping up to be the year of augmented and virtual reality. With products like Microsoft HoloLens, HTC's Vive and the Oculus Rift, it's almost impossible to avoid the topic. But along with that technology comes increased processing requirements.
It is no secret that virtual reality is coming to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The question we have all have is, "Can the consoles support the hardware?" For months it has been theorized that an updated version of the consoles would have to be released to support virtual reality. That update has been expected to be announced at E3.
While we have no confirmed news on what Microsoft is working on, we do know that Sony is working on an updated version of the PlayStation 4. Named Neo, this new hardware is expected to enhance the capabilities for virtual reality.
Sony President and CEO Andrew House said,
It is intended to sit alongside and complement the standard PS4. We will be selling both (versions) through the life cycle... All games will support the standard PS4 and we anticipate all or a very large majority of games will also support the high-end PS4.
So all games should be playable on both versions of the console. That's not to say all capabilities will be available on all hardware. It's possible that virtual reality will only be available on the new hardware. Unfortunately we won't get all of the details at E3. We will have to wait until a future announcement.
If virtual reality on the PlayStation 4 requires dedicated hardware, would you be willing to purchase a new console to use it? Let us know in the comments.