PlayStation Creator Dismisses Metaverse, Called Useless

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Metaverse has now become one of the buzzwords that has been echoed a lot in the past year. But there is one tech mogul who has taken this trend coldly: creators PlayStation Ken Kutaragi.

In an interview with Bloomberg, the gaming legend said the current metaverse concept only creates a virtual ‘almost real’ world. According to him the most important thing is to be a part of the real world.

“You’d rather be the perfect avatar than be yourself? It’s basically no different from anonymous messageboard sites,” said Kutaragi, as quoted by Gizmodo.

Kutaragi is also not happy with the virtual reality (VR) headset. Even though his former company is also developing a new generation of VR headsets for the PlayStation 5.

“Headsets will isolate you from the real world, and I don’t agree with that. Headsets are just annoying,” he said.

On the other hand, supporters metaverse such as Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella actually said that Metaverse would rely on AR glasses and VR headsets with a three-dimensional virtual world.

Kutaragi is the creator of the PS1, PS2, PS3, and PSP. He left Sony in 2007 and is currently busy leading a robotics and artificial intelligence company called Ascent Robotics.

Together with his new company, Kutaragi also has his own vision of the future metaverse. But the vision is more practical than just gathering in a virtual world.

This 71-year-old man imagines a reality where data can be produced in the real world through holograms. He believes people can see holograms from e-commerce and interact with them to shop.

Kutaragi isn’t the only tech mogul to cast doubt on the concept metaverse at the moment. Last year, Niantic CEO John Hanke called the metaverse concept a dystopian nightmare.

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