Sony’s VR: Project Morpheus

March 19, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

Project Morpheus

After many predictions that Sony would unveil its virtual reality headset at GDC, last night saw the fulfillment of the rumors at Sony’s “Driving the Future of Innovation at Sony Computer Entertainment” panel.

Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida unveiled the first software development kit for Project Morpheus, a VR headset intended to work in conjunction with the PS4, using the technology of PlayStation Move. Sony is concentrating on six major areas to ensure Project Morpheus is a usable and compelling experience: sight, sound, tracking, control, accessibility, and content. The dev kit has a 1080p display, 90+ degree field of view, 1000Hz tracking, and 360 degree rotation.

Morpheus developers

Many developers have been confirmed to be already working with Sony’s VR technology, including Crytek, Epic Games, and Unity. Thanks to NASA, Sony has a demo that uses Mars footage from the Curiosity rover. In fact, NASA is interested in using Project Morpheus for scientific studies. A God of War demo was also showcased. Playable demos include The Deep, which puts you in a shark cage, The Castle, which makes use of PlayStation Move, EVE Valkyrie, and certain segments of Thief. As of today, these are playable at Sony’s GDC booth.

Sony didn’t give an expected price for a VR headset, but wants it to be “affordable.” When you play games with the headset, you will be able to access both online and local multiplayer modes.

If you’re wondering about the name, it is a reference to Morpheus, the god of dreams in Greek mythology, because Sony wants usage of its VR headset to feel like being in a dream. On the other hand, several fans have taken it as a reference to the Matrix. Either way, the name works.

Well, what do you think? Is Project Morpheus a major competitor for the Oculus Rift? Is this the future of gaming? Share your thoughts–and if you happen to be at GDC to try one of the demos, let us know what it’s like!

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A VR Headset from Microsoft?

March 18, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment


By now we’ve all heard about the Oculus Rift, and we’re awaiting news from GDC about Sony’s VR project. Now, it seems we may have a third contender to consider.

The Wall Street Journal wrote a report claiming Microsoft has its own VR headset in development. Microsoft has filed patents related to virtual reality, and it’s believed the project is a fairly new one. Microsoft’s headset should work with the Xbox One and possibly the PC and Xbox 360, as well.

This is still a rumor, but we’ll keep you updated as we learn more. First the Oculus Rift, then Sony, and now Microsoft. Is virtual reality the future of gaming?

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Sony preparing for virtual reality on the PS4

September 4, 2013 by Staff - Leave a comment


Sony is apparently working on a virtual reality device for the Playstation 4 and has plans to introduce it in 2014.

The Oculus Rift VR headset has been doing well in the development community and also within a smaller group of gamers, and several sources have said to EuroGamer that Sony has plans to start competing with that device by introducing it’s own.

Some sort of prototype has apparently been demonstrated internally at Sony using the launch title racer DriveClub and players being able to look around inside the car cockpit. The VR device was also meant to be shown at Gamescom in Germany, but was pulled. Now it is not expected to be publicly revealed until some time next year.

“We don’t talk about that” was also literally all Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida would say when quizzed about the issue at Gamescom (and usually he’s so forthcoming, being the source of a lot of new information about the PS4, often via Twitter).

So to conclude, information is pretty slim at the moment, but if EuroGamer’s sources are correct then we expect to see lots more revealed about this exciting and potentially game changing device next year.

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