First came 3D television, then there was Ultra HD 4K TV and now its virtual reality. What was once the stuff of science fiction became something quite real in 2012 with the debut of Oculus Rift. Now, Sony wants a piece of that pie for its PlayStation 4 game console. Introducing Project Morpheus, Sony’s own virtual reality head-mounted display. The initiative got its start in 2009 when Sony engineers worked on the PlayStation Move motion sensor. Because of VR’s potential to be the next big thing in gaming, Sony was quick to allocate talents and by 2010, VR has its own design group. However, even with all those talents and capital going into it, truly functional VR is still some years away. For now, its just this preliminary rendering and a few prototypes. Still, the specs generated by Sony are quite impressive, such as:
– 1080p display
– 1000Hz motion detection
– Only one headset at a time is supported
– Headset is currently connected to the PS4 by a 5-meter wire
– Positional/rotational head tracking
– Tracking is handled by the same camera that tracks PS4 Move controllers
– It works for people with glasses
– Content pushed to the Morpheus can be mirrored to a TV, but it sounds like it can handle asymmetric gameplay (different things on each screen) as well.
– An “Open air” design prevents the lenses from fogging up. (It’ll be interesting to see how they prevent light leaking in)
No words yet on when exactly Project Morpheus will be available to the gaming community. Yet, with this much attention and interests on the project, it is a possibility you’ll be playing Minecraft with your VR headset soon.