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Post by Dan @ 12:02pm 19/03/14 | 9 Comments
Sony has formally unveiled its long-rumoured PlayStation virtual reality project at the 2014 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, with SCE President Shuhei Yoshida presenting a device referred to as Project Morpheus, reportedly named after the god of dreams, and not the character from The Matrix films. (via The Verge):

According to The Verge's report of the event, Sony R&D chief and PlayStation Move creator Richard Marks described Sony's interested in VR as a way to "push gaming forward", noting that it's more than just games and boasting about a collaboration project underway with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. "VR is going to be pervasive, and what I mean by that is it's going to be used for all sorts of things you might not think it would be used for." he said.

Marks outlined the six core areas of focus for VR on PlayStation 4 as sight, sound, tracking, control, ease of use, and content, boasting that Sony's hardware and software prowess and the PlayStation ecosystem makes them uniquely suited to tackle all of them.

The headset will work in tandem with the PlayStation Camera and PlayStation Move motion controllers, with lights on the device relaying head movement, and the VR experience will be woven seamlessly into all aspects of the PlayStation 4 UI, including the PlayStation Store.

Sony's Anton Mikhailov took the stage to further stress the importance of presence, a term often mentioned in VR to describe the various factors required to make a player feel completely immersed in the virtual experience. Mikhailov explained how Sony feels the "rules are different" in VR; that "presence trumps game design" and "player's head motion is law" stressing the importance of a tailored approach to creating VR software. "If you don't feature presence, it's not clear why you wouldn't be playing a game on a normal screen" he said.

In terms of system specifications, the presentation noted that the current prototype has a 1080p display with a 90 degree field of view. The PlayStation Camera polls at 1000Hz for the device's positional and rotation head tracking, somehow supporting a full 360 degrees of movement. A 15mm eye relief can accommodate glasses wearers, and a "wide IPD range", and the current prototype allows the user to wear their own headphones (rather than built in ones like Sony's HMZ headsets). The current Morpheus prototype is tethered by a 5 metre cable, but Sony hopes to make it wireless eventually.

As for games, Sony confirmed that an assortment of demos will be shown to attendees at GDC, and notably, that CCP's EVE Valkyrie demo that had been created for the Oculus Rift has been ported to PS4, as well as a special build of Square Enix Montreal's recently released Thief.

No kind of release window was offered during the presentation, and the response to an audience question was "as soon as possible" with a laugh.




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Pablitos Way
Posted 10:06pm 19/3/14
Rubbis** The Oculus Rift will be getting my money, screw Sony...
Audi
Posted 10:13pm 19/3/14
Ph33x will buy both coz he mad games 2d on vr headsets. 2014 yo.
Tollaz0r!
Posted 10:25pm 19/3/14

Sony's Anton Mikhailov took the stage to further stress the importance of presence, a term often mentioned in VR to describe the various factors required to make a player feel completely immersed in the virtual experience. Mikhailov explained how Sony feels the "rules are different" in VR; that "presence trumps game design" and "player's head motion is law" stressing the importance of a tailored approach to creating VR software. "If you don't feature presence, it's not clear why you wouldn't be playing a game on a normal screen" he said.


Says anyone developing on Oculus Rift ever...

I do hope Sony contribute with an open platform standard for VR (lol asif).
Audi
Posted 10:34pm 19/3/14
To make up for the loss of immersion in 2d Ph33x plays in his Superman undies.
trog
Posted 04:02am 20/3/14
Carmack tweeted yesterday that he suggested to Sony that they hire Palmer Luckey (the dude behind Oculus Rift) before their Kickstarter. I don't know how you could get a recommendation like that and then proceed to do nothing about it, but if anyone could ignore obvious good advice, it's Sony. I continue to be staggeringly unsurprised that they're flailing around and once again playing catchup with technology.

I would love to see Microsoft make an immediate announcement that they're investing hard into the Oculus ecosystem.

(Pretty f*****g pissed off that Sony didn't invite us to this event, but anyway, completely unsurprised. )
SwissCM
Posted 04:59am 20/3/14
Arguably Microsoft are the best fit for VR due to the Kinect. They're pretty dumb for not jumping on the bandwagon yet.
WirlWind
Posted 10:11am 20/3/14
Swiss, actually, they're probably the worst fit of the "next gen" consoles due to the fact that the XB1 won't have the grunt to run VR effectively.

Maybe if they reboot the console when they launch the VR and actually make it capable of 60fps @ 1080p, they might have a chance.
Audi
Posted 11:05am 20/3/14


I would love to see Microsoft make an immediate announcement that they're investing hard into the Oculus


The Xbox 1 would melt trying to play anything in 3d!
Tollaz0r!
Posted 11:38am 20/3/14
MS is probably just waiting to see where abouts VR heads, then when it has a more solid foundation and they see it working, then they will jump. Far less risk and they can leverage their massive size to make up for lost time.
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