Sony has taken the wraps off Project Morpheus, a new virtual reality (VR) headset for its PlayStation 4 console.
Sony made the revelation at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, where President Shuhei Yoshida announced that “Virtual reality is the next innovation from PlayStation that may well shape the future of video games.”
According to the Guardian, he continued: “VR has been the dream of many game creators ever since the first computer game. Many of us have dreamed about VR and what it could mean for the games that we create.”
He noted that the key to the whole virtual 3D experience was “presence” – that feeling of actually being there in a game.
Don’t get too excited yet, though, as Project Morpheus is still a prototype at this point. Sony didn’t mention any launch schedule, although it did say that Morpheus has been underway for some three years now.
The prototype has a 90 degree field of view, boasting a 1080p resolution, and Morpheus will work in tandem with the DualShock 4 and PS Move for gaming on the PS4.
Yoshida even admitted that the success of Oculus Rift, which has had lots of positive press to date, helped “inspire” and spur the development of Morpheus on.
Yoshida also impressed upon GDC attendees that this wasn’t merely about games, and Project Morpheus would have many other uses – he gave one example of a customer picking a hotel for their trip by taking a virtual 3D tour of the different hotel rooms.
Morpheus is, of course, the God of dreams – and the cool dude in The Matrix films. Whether the price of the hardware, when it does come out, will be a hard pill to swallow – we’ll just have to see…
Sony, of course, has a price advantage over the Xbox One – which is arguably why it has got off to such a good start against Redmond’s console (it’s certainly a major part of the reason).