Sony announced virtual reality headset named Project Morpheus for PlayStation 4, which will have uses in video games and beyond.
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Virtual reality is the technology to go after with next generation gaming. Oculus Rift started it all and several companies joined in the race. Sony has entered with its very own Project Morpheus headset for PlayStation 4 and according to the company it will have uses far beyond video games industry.
"The industry has grown by creating technological advancements for video game players," Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios, said. "Advancements that people maybe weren't expecting or thought was possible." PlayStation, he said, is focused on "pushing the boundary of play," and "it's this focus that drives how we innovate and create the experiences we deliver to gamers."
“Virtual reality is the next innovation from PlayStation that may well shape the future of video games,” Yoshida added that “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 explained and demonstrated some of the early VR attempts created by Sony, using an adapted version of God of War seen from first person perspective. Many prototypes happened since 2010 and PlayStation engineers experimented until the one that was satisfying was found.
Then Project Morpheus was unveiled, which looks amazing. Black and white headset that will be available for PlayStation 4 console.
"We believe Morpheus will further enhance the world of PlayStation 4, with seamless integration with PlayStation Camera and PlayStation Move," Yoshida said. "We will continue to improve on this prototype by gathering feedback from developers. That's why we unveiled it at GDC."
Those attending GDC this year, will be able to see a demonstration of Project Morpheus and try it with several demoes at Sony’s booth. Yoshida went on and said how Oculus Rift was a great inspiration for the Project Morpheus and how he admires the developers.
Richard Marks, senior director of research and development at Sony Computer Entertainment America, said VR will extend way beyond video games industry. We have already seen an experiment where people can swap bodies by using Oculus Rift. Virtual reality will allow us to experience things that were not possible so far, but how far should it go?
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