“Unfortunately, no one can be told what The Matrix is. You’ll have to see it for yourself.”
This will no doubt hold true with Sony’s new VR headset prototype, appropriately named ‘Project Morpheus’. Hold on tight boys and girls, cause sh*t is about to get unreal.
Today Shu Yoshida President of SCE Worldwide Studios formally announced ‘Project Morpheus’, the Sony VR PS4 compatible headset.
“I have long dreamed about VR and the possibilities it brings in regards to game development. This new technology will deliver a sense of presence, where you as the player actually feel like you’re inside the game and your emotions feel that much more real.”
After years of speculation and anticipation the wait is finally over. The current prototype for ‘Project Morpheus’ features a head mounted display with 1080p resolution and a 90 degree field of view. Accelerometer and gyroscope sensors built into the head mounted unit. The PlayStation Camera, which appears to be a requirement to get the full experience, tracks head orientation and movement, so as your head rotates, the image of the virtual world rotates intuitively in real-time.
‘Project Morpheus’ will also feature Sony’s new 3D audio technology that re-creates stereoscopic sounds in all directions and changes in real-time depending on your head orientation. In addition to the PlayStation Camera, ‘Project Morpheus’ also works with DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controllers and the PlayStation Move to deliver a fully immersive, plug-and-play VR experience. There is also an HDMI output and USB port, which gives wearer the ability to mirror what they’re seeing to a TV screen.
“The prototype for Project Morpheus is the culmination of our work over the last 3+ years as we’ve refined our vision for VR. This prototype will serve as the first development kit for PS4 developers that are as enthusiastic about this new medium as we are.”
‘Thief’ from Square Enix and from CCP Games will be two of the first games to be compatible with the headset. Sony also displayed 13 third-party publishing, developer and partner logos, including; Epic Games, Crytek, Autodesk and Havok.
As ‘Morpheus’ is still in prototype phase, there’s no been no mention of price or a consumer release date.