Katsuhiro Harada is clearly very passionate about virtual reality (VR) technology and the PlayStation VR head-mounted display (HMD) in particular. Back at the 2014 Tokyo Game Show (TGS) the Japanese developer, best known for his work on the Tekken fighting franchise, revealed a debut VR project for the kit in Summer Lesson, which was recently trademarked in Europe. Since then it’s also been confirmed that the latest entry in the Tekken franchise, Tekken 7, will also be supporting PlayStation VR for its PlayStation 4 release. Recently, Harada has even offered his own thoughts as to how the upcoming HMD should be priced.
Replying to one fan on Twitter that suggested PlayStation VR should cost somewhere between $300 – $400 USD, Harada simply stated: “I hope so.” PlayStation VR is yet to receive its official price tag and launch date, despite creator Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) still suggesting that it will launch in the first half of this year.
Harada hasn’t yet revealed how Tekken 7 will integrate PlayStation VR, though has in the past suggested that it won’t be supporting a first-person view from one of the fighter’s perspectives. Summer Lesson, meanwhile, focuses on VR interaction with NPCs. The demos seen thus far place players with a girl as she is studying and task them with communicating with her through head gestures and more. It hasn’t been confirmed if publisher Bandai Namco will be releasing the title as a full videogame, despite that trademark being placed.
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