Sony Announces Its Own Virtual Reality Headset
As expected, Sony has finally announced its entry into the virtual reality market with codename Morpheus. The VR headset is apparently aimed to work in conjunction with the PlayStation 4, and aims to basically compete with the Oculus Rift on their platform.
The prototype was revealed at GDC yesterday, sporting a sleek white and black design with blue LED lights. Sony said that the headset is ready for developers to start creating games with.
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The road to the VR headset has apparently been a long one; PlayStation head Shuhei Yoshida revealed that the very first step literally included PlayStation Move controllers duct taped to a headset. Seems like every good piece of tech has to start somewhere.
Yoshida spoke about how Virtual Reality has become the next step in creating new, immersive gaming experiences, and just how much the demands of the industry had changed over the years.
“We believe Morpheus will further enhance the world of PlayStation 4 with seamless integration with PlayStation Camera, DualShock 4, and PS Move.”
The Morpheus will take advantage of the Dualshock 4’s glowing light bar in some way, and apparently already features 1080p display, low latency and 360 degree positional tracking. Something which its only competitor, the Oculus Rift, has already achieved with their latest prototype.
Sony announced compatibility with Thief and EVE Valkyrie, while showing off the headset using an underwater tech demo. Crytek and Epic Games have also revealed that they are working on games for the Morpheus. Sony was mum about when the device could see a release, and whether all first-party title will now ship with support.
Basically, all we really know is that it exists. Which is more than we knew yesterday, at the very least.