Sony’s VR Project Morpheus headset makes its debut, and it looks amazing

Watch out Oculus Rift: Sony’s just entered the virtual reality arena, and its fighter looks to be in tip-top shape

Rumours that Sony was going to debut a VR headset to compete with the likes of the Oculus Rift at GDC this year were true. Meet Sony's Project Morpheus.

Still in the prototype stage, SCE Worldwide Head Shuhei Yoshida confirmed that Project Morpheus is the culmination of three years of work, and it looks gorgeous.

The Project Morpheus VR headset is made up of two pieces - a closed display and a built-in PlayStation Move sensor - and it radiates a blue light that subtly hints at its connection with Sony’s PS4, while presumably offering something for the PlayStation 4 Camera to track.

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 4 camera. Its Playstation Move module will also be recognisable by games as a virtual object.

That sounds like it matches the excellent head tracking abilities of Oculus Rift's Crystal Cove prototype, which blew our minds at CES earlier this year.

As for sound, Sony says that the headset uses binaural audio and has “true spatial sound”, which we've translated to mean '3D sound effects'.

If you're not happy with the provided headset then Project Morpheus also supports custom ones that can be plugged directly into it.

At its current stage, Project Morpheus is still wired, though the wire is said to be around five meters long according to Engadget, which should offer plenty of room for virtual shenanigans.

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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.

It looks like it’s going to be an interesting year for gaming, and we really can't wait for both Sony and Oculus to push out finalised consumer versions of their headsets.

And as for Microsoft? All is quieter on the VR front for the Xbox One. Although there have been rumours of an Xbox One VR device very recently, it's all smoke and mirrors for the time being.

Stay tuned for more info on Sony's VR headset as we get it.

READ MORE: GDC 2014: the biggest gaming news so far

[Engadget]

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Comments

Price is going to be the big factor? If this costs more than a Ps4, the market is going to be so small I see no point carrying on really. 

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