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Take-Two CEO on VR 'I don't know what people could be thinking'


Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick doesn't seem to high on VR, at least not at the moment. Speaking at the Cowen and Company Technology, Media & Telecom Conference, Zelnick had this to say on the latest in gaming,

"It's way too expensive right now. There is no market for a $2000 entertainment device that requires you to dedicate a room to the activity. I don't know what people could be thinking. Maybe some of the people in this room have a room to dedicate to an entertainment activity, but back here in the real world? That's not what we have in America."

He reiterates the high cost and space required for VR devices,

"We have like $300 to spend on an entertainment device and we do not have a dedicated room. We have a room for a screen, a couch, and controllers. We don't have something where you stand in a big open space and hold two controllers with something on your head--and not crash into the coffee table. We don't have that."

Yet Zelnick doesn't quite eliminate the possibility that VR could some day become the gaming norm,

"I'm not unexcitied; I'm just saying it remains to be seen. There are impediments."

VR is certainly the hot topic in gaming right now with Sony and Microsoft both looking to heavily invest in the technology and plenty of other companies making their own headsets. But Zelnick certainly isn't wrong. The high price and space requirement will have to be addressed before VR can become widely accepted.
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