TECH NEWS – In a recent interview, PlayStation creator Ken Kutaragi said he finds VR headsets “annoying” and “can’t see the point” of the metaverse
“Headsets would isolate you from the real world, and I can’t agree with that,” says Ken Kutaragi, explaining why he opposes metaverse. “Headsets are simply annoying.”
The inventor of the PlayStation criticises not just the technology but the concept itself. “Being in the real world is very important, but the metaverse is about making quasi-real in the virtual world,” he says.
“You would rather be a polished avatar instead of your real self?”
“I can’t see the point of doing it,” continues the engineer. “Would you rather be a well-drawn avatar than yourself? It’s essentially the equivalent of forum anonymity.”
Despite criticisms of the contemporary notion of the metaverse, Ken Kutaragi is working on his own projects to push the boundaries of digital communication.
After leaving Sony, Kutaragi became CEO of Ascent Robotics, where he aims to turn real-world objects into computer data to improve sales and logistics for customers.
Kutaragi’s projects include using a database developed by the company’s robots to produce holographic images, similar to those seen in Star Wars. This is a contrasting approach using the same elements (and still different from augmented reality, but closer).
We shall see who the future proves correct, but Ken Kutaragi is not the only one who doubts the feasibility and effectiveness of metaverse and, in any case, limits himself to virtual reality as an access point.
Source: IGN France