PlayStation creator is not a supporter of the metaverse

The PlayStation creator cannot see the “point” of the metaverse

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The original PlayStation gaming console, released by Sony in 1994 – Photo:Alamy

Ken Kutaragi, the man who created the PlayStation and was the former chair and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment has made it clear he is not a fan of the metaverse.

In an interview with Bloomberg, Kutaragi said he cannot see the “point” of the metaverse.

He added “Being in the real world is very important, but the metaverse is about making quasi-real in the virtual world, and I can’t see the point of doing it. You would rather be a polished avatar instead of your real self? That’s essentially no different from anonymous message board sites.”

Kutaragi said he feels virtual reality (VR) headsets are also a bad idea. “Headsets would isolate you from the real world, and I can’t agree with that. Headsets are simply annoying,” he said.

Star Wars holograms

Kutaragi is now the CEO of Ascent Robotics, a Tokyo-based artificial intelligence (AI) company. The PlayStation creator said his life mission is to blend the real world with cyberspace in a seamless, gadget-less fashion, like the holograms in Star Wars film franchise.

The technology that Ascent is developing for its robotic systems aims to help transform real-world objects into computer-readable data. The aim of Ascent is to create smarter robots that will be able to perform multiple tasks and produce more than one type of product.  

“Current robots do not have software and sensors that can match humans in understanding the real world and reacting to things they see for the first time,” said Kutaragi. “Our short-term goal is to offer a solution to that. Because you want robots to be able to create a variety of things, not just countless units of the same thing.”

Kutaragi acknowledged he does not wish to spend years on turning his robotic hopes into a reality, as in his own words, he said: “I’m 71 and time is short.”

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