The much rumored Sony VR headset has been unveiled at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. No specific release date was announced, but Sony did say Project Morpheus will be available in a “future commercial launch.”
“Project Morpheus is the latest example of innovation from SCE, and we’re looking forward to its continued development and the games that will be created as development kits get into the hands of content creators,” says Shuhei Yoshida, President of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios, in a statement.
Project Morpheus is a head mounted display that will work alongside the PlayStation Camera. Sony touts “3-D audio technology” with the headset. You’ll be able to hear sounds from all perspectives including above and below the player’s vantage point.
Sony is the first big company to talk VR since Oculus made a huge splash last year with the Oculus Rift headset. Sony’s Yoshida gave credit to the team at Oculus during his presentation.
“I have an enormous amount of respect for them, and we were inspired and encouraged by the enthusiastic reactions of developers and journalists who tried the Oculus Rift”.
The pictures of Project Morpheus are not the final design. Sony is still working on the device, but did release a handful of specs for the prototype.
Project Morpheus has a 1080p display with 90-degree field of view. Eye relief stands at 15mm. The headset has a 1000hz display, includes full 360-degree movement and supports forward prediction.
There are a handful of games that are playable on the current prototype. CCP’s EVE Valkyrie, Thief, The Deep and The Castle have playable builds. The Castle utilizes the Playstation Move controller to control a sword.
Virtual reality is quickly becoming this generation’s motion control. At least with VR, hardcore games such as shooters, racers and RPGs will be supported.