Could Project Morpheus Come to Other Platforms?

March 23, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

Project Morpheus

In a recent interview with Sony’s Anton Mikhailov, Eurogamer learned some new details about Project Morpheus. They discussed technical details, comparisons to and competition with the Oculus Rift, and many other points, but one of the most interesting subjects was the possibility of Morpheus being used for non-gaming and non-PlayStation projects.

Mikhailov said that they’ve been focused on how Project Morpheus will work with the PS4, but “it’s not so alien to have non-game apps on your PlayStation.” He finished by saying, “And who knows, in the future there might be other platforms.”

It comes as little surprise that non-gaming apps may make use of Project Morpheus. After all, NASA has already shown interest in Sony’s VR technology. We do have to wonder, though, what sorts of “other platforms” it might eventually come to. Check out the full interview and share your thoughts and speculation in the comments.

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New Project Morpheus Details

March 20, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

Project Morpheus

It’s been two days since the unveiling of Project Morpheus, Sony’s virtual reality project. Since then, we’ve learned some more things about it.

People who have tried it, such as Ubisoft’s Gregory Garcia and Ubisoft Montreal’s Damien Kieken have mentioned a pixelized effect, despite otherwise good screen latency. Kieken also added that the immersion was disturbed by the fact that you can see the ground when you wear the headset. On the other hand, although he is prone to motion sickness, he had no such problems with Project Morpheus.

We also learned that NASA not only provided footage for one of the showcased demos, but also helped with the coding for the VR software. Now that’s pretty cool.

Project Morpheus looks promising so far, but while we don’t have a release window for it yet, Sony has confirmed it will not be in 2014. 2015, perhaps? We’ll keep you updated.

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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’s Virtual Reality Headset to be Shown at GDC

March 15, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment


GDC begins next week and Sony is holding a special panel on March 18 with SCEA R&D Senior Director Richard Marks, SCEA R&D Senior Software Engineer Anton Mikhailov, and SCE Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida all featured. The panel is called “Driving the Future of Innovation,” and it will begin at 5:45 PM PT.

It is widely rumored that Sony will announce their VR headset at this panel.

According to developers who spoke with Edge, this technology is superior to that of the Oculus Rift, the current VR leader. They believe Sony will display some sort of VR software at the panel, whether it’s a game or just a tech demo.

So far, the Oculus Rift technology has suffered from some setbacks, with one of the major ones being the motion sickness many players experience when they use the technology. Can Sony overcome that? Give us your thoughts and predictions, and we’ll keep you updated.

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Will We Hear About Sony’s VR Headset at GDC?

February 21, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


We’ve already heard and reported some rumors about the virtual reality headset Sony is supposed to be working on, and now we’ve got a new one this time, a rumor about when we’ll get to hear some concrete fact.

An anonymous inside source told TechRadar that Sony plans to officially unveil the headset at GDC 2014. This source said the headset’s quality is excellent and already in a polished state.

Other rumors claim we’ll hear about Sony’s virtual reality software at E3. If that’s true, we wouldn’t be surprised to learn about the headset itself in advance. Still, these are all just rumors. There hasn’t been any official response from Sony, but GDC begins on March 17 in San Francisco, so we’ll know if this one is true or not in just a few weeks!

Could this be a sign of major competition for the Oculus Rift, which considers the PS4 and Xbox One too limited for virtual reality? Let us know your thoughts.

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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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