Sony shows off "Morpheus" PlayStation VR headset

Sam Byford at The Verge:
The VR system is currently codenamed Project Morpheus, and will work with PlayStation 4. While still in prototype form, Yoshida says that Morpheus is the "culmination of our work over the last three years to realize our vision of VR for games, and to push the boundaries of play." The headset uses a 1080p LCD, offers a 90-degree field of view, and will integrate with the PlayStation Camera for tracking and PlayStation Move for motion control. It connects via HDMI and USB; while the current prototype uses a 5-meter cable, Sony would like to make it wireless. The company says the headset doesn't put weight on your nose or cheeks, and its design allows for airflow without the lenses fogging up.

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  1. Totally psyched about this. Headset + animated gifs = hypnotised minions.

  2. Fex says:

    The new not-Oculus Rift! It's totally not an Oculus Rift that we've just ripped off. "We have the deepest respect for them, which we're showing with the most since flattery we can come up with," said the guy behind such masterful 'successes' as PlayStation Eye, and the PlayStation Move, both of which were horrible implementations of something that everyone else was already doing, unlike this thing apparently.

    "To reiterate, the new PlayStation Virtual Boy is going to be a huge success because of the reasons on this horrible Powerpoint chart, including the fact that it's for everyone because we have no idea who our target market is."

  3. Shuck says:

    Like the Oculus Rift, then, which I believe is a 1920×1080 screen split in half. Since most of the pixels are being used for center-vision (which is what's important), with peripheral vision being served by a small number of pixels being stretched out with optics, it apparently works pretty well.

  4. Even if this doesn't pan out for Sony, I am glad they are making the attempt. This can only further the development of VR games, which should be beneficial to the Oculus Rift, in that more mainstream attention will be diverted to VR.

    That said, I do hope that Oculus Rift does emerge as a market leader for VR headsets. I would much rather play games on my more powerful PC, than have to buy a Ps4. The PC games market is just so much richer and more diverse than any other gaming platform.

    Also, Yay Video Games smile

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