March 24, 2014Published by: Drew Benvie

Project Morpheus: Sony’s new virtual reality headset

During GDC 2014, Shuhei Yoshida, Head of the Sony Computer Entertainment arm, announced Project Morpheus-the head mounted, virtual reality prototype built for the Playstation 4. A release date wasn't announced however Mr Yoshida did state that the device would be made available for game developers.  The prototype  currently features  specs which include 1080p display and full 360 degree positional tracing and Mr Yoshida wasn't sheepish in believing the device could "shape the future of games."

Sony's Project Morpheus isn't the first VR headset announced which aims to offer gamers a more immersive gaming experience. Occulus VR, which managed to raise $2.4 million dollars from crowdfunding site Kickstarter, is developing its own VR headset called Occulus Rift. Currently, the technology is only available to developers through a dev kit. At this year's GDC, Occulus announced a second dev kit for developers with the consumer version of the VR headset expected to be released in late 2014 or early 2015.

As wearable tech continues to capture the public's interest with the likes of fuel bands and smart watches, it's looking increasingly likely that, with the Occulus Rift and now Sony's Project Morpheus, virtual reality may be the next technology to captivate consumers.

 

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