You know that lightbar on your Playstation 4 controller that also works as a nightlight. Turns out it was designed with Project Morpheus in mind from the get go.
Jed Ashforth, a senior designer at Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, tells TechRadar that the Morpheus team was behind the light. “The tracking light… it was our department that said we need that on,” Ashforth told TechRadar. “It was for tracking for VR.”
Project Morpheus was first unveiled at GDC earlier this year. Tech details point to a 1080p head-mounted display with a 90-degree field of vision. Each eye gets its own display, much like Oculus Rift. Other than some tech specs, Sony did not talk price or release date. They did say it wouldn’t release this year, but wouldn’t elaborate further.
With E3 coming next month, I think it’s safe to assume Morpheus will be making another appearance.
Don’t expect Sony to give you an option to completely turn the controller light bar off. A recent firmware update does let you dim it slightly.
At least now we know the controller was designed for more than spray painting walls in Infamous (which I thought was neat) or throwing little robots in The Playroom.