GameStop CEO believes Sony will dominate VR; calls Wii U 'disappointing'0 Comments
With VR just now emerging onto the video game market and Nintendo's NX console gearing up for it's March 2017 debut, much about the future of gaming is unknown. However, GameStop CEO Paul Raines remains confident. Speaking at a recent GameStop Investors Day, Raines boldly stated his belief that Sony will soon own the VR market, and remains hopeful for the future of the NX despite the "disappointing" Wii U.
Speaking to [a]listdaily, Raines stated that the Wii U was an unequivocal dissapointment, yet he still believes in Nintendo's sense of innovation as well as the loyalty of Nintendo's fan base.
"Wii U was disappointing to everybody, including [Nintendo]," he said. "They made some bold bets, and maybe some of them didn’t work out. But they have a lot of creativity there. They’re a very innovative group of people. Even now it’s incredible how strong some of their IP is [...] we would break sales records [...] every time they put out a new game [simply because] they have a very loyal fan base."
When questioned about the role of VR in the future of GameStop, Raines expressed excitement with the technology and particularly how it serves to excite the user. He also very clearly placed confidence into Sony as the future king of VR, a position he believes is reinforced by the company's strong IP and established install base.
"VR is exciting from just the pure gameplay experience," he said. "It fulfills a lot of your dreams and fantasies about gameplay because you no longer have to stare at the screen. [...] [It's] exciting technology."
"We believe Sony, specifically, will be the dominant player [in the VR market] because they have the most titles. One thing about gaming is you have to have great technology and also great IP that people know about. [...] Sony has the IP advantage. They also have the install base advantage with the millions of PlayStations out there."
Perhaps not everyone can be so confident in a future filled with largely unproven technology, but it's certainly nice to be reassured once in a while. It's true that the Wii U has struggled since its release, and many worry that the NX — which is still largely veiled in mystery — might go the same route. Still, both Sony and Nintendo have the strength of years of dedicated IP behind them, and at the very least have large enough bankrolls to push through relatively weak hardware sales for a limited time. No doubt all of us, Raines included, are anxious to see where the market is headed.
GameStop CEO Discusses Nintendo NX, New Consoles And VR, [a]listdaily