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The year of virtual reality is already starting to ramp up, and it's a top source of discussion for Sony gaffer Kaz Hirai at CES 2016 this week. But while there's some positivity about the possibilities for the peripheral, some are sceptical that it won't get the kind of support that it needs to succeed. The former PlayStation president had a pre-prepared answer for that.

"I think the fact that we have more than 200 developers signed up to the PlayStation VR programme who are working on probably about 100 or more titles is a testament to the kind of support we're getting from the content creation community, so I think that it'll be a great product – it's coming out later this year," he told the BBC.

Asked why VR is so important to Sony, the self-aware suit stressed that the company just wants to create more engaging experiences for its fans. "We offer a very immersive gameplay experience with the PS4 on flat-screen panels, but taking that into the virtual reality world is going to provide a more immersive gameplay experience," he said.

Hirai concluded that the platform holder will be targeting its install base of 35.9 million gamers to begin with, but that VR has potential outside of games, and it's something that he thinks Sony Pictures Entertainment may be able to leverage moving forwards. The firm's thinking long-term, then – let's just hope that the first wave of support enables it to justify future investment.