Sony’s VR headset Project Morpheus makes its debut

Look out Oculus, Sony’s just gotten serious

Just last week we mentioned Sony was going to debut a VR headset like the Oculus Rift at GDC, and we were right. Called Project Morpheus, the headset is still in the prototype stage and is, according to SCE Worldwide Head Shuhei Yoshida, a culmination of three years of work.

Upon first inspection, it does look a lot better than what the Oculus Rift is offering. Consisting of two pieces - a closed display and a built-in Playstation Move sensor - it also exudes a blue lighting that subtly hints at its connection with Sony’s PS4.

Spec-wise, there’s a 1080p display with a 90-degree field view, positional head tracking, and 360-degree tracking that works with the Playstation camera. Its Playstation Move module will also be recognizable by games as a virtual object. As for sound, Sony says that the headset uses binaural audio and has “true spatial sound”. Not happy with the headphones provided? Project Morpheus also supports custom ones that can be plugged directly into the headset.

At its current stage, Project Morpheus is still wired, though the wire is said to be around five meters long according to Engadget. 

Read: Oculus Rift Preview

Games are in the works

So are there any games ready for Project Morpheus? Not yet. Sony's working with a bunch of developers, including big names such as Crytek and EpicGames though, so it shouldn’t be long till we see other game devs jump on the VR bandwagon.

As for Sony developed titles, the company isn’t revealing much, though they’ve prepared demos for the headset which include Eve: Valkyrie, a special build of Thief, and two other environmental immersive demos called The Deep and The Castle.

Seems like it’s going to be an interesting year for gaming, and hopefully it won't take too long for Sony and Oculus to push out consumer versions of their headsets.

Source: Engadget

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