Sony reveals VR Project Morpheus for PlayStation 4 
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Darryn Bonthuys
March 19, 2014 at 8:30 am

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It’s been about as secretive as my hate for peas, but Sony has finally and officially announced their virtual reality project. Take the red pill and behold, Project Morpheus.

Announced at GDC, SCE Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida took the stage to show off the headheld tech. “At SCE we view innovation as an opportunity to build on our mission to push the boundaries of play,” said Yoshida via VG247.

Project Morpheus is the latest example of innovation from SCE, and we’re looking forward to its continued development and the games that will be created as development kits get into the hands of content creators.

Yoshida then showed off screens of the tech, revealing that Sony had been working on it since 2010 at least, while demoing early games such as God of War and Datura, from the concept phase.

Morpheus

Yoshida confirmed that Project Morpheus would be able to integrate with PlayStation Move, PlayStation Eye and the PlayStation 4 when it finally launched. And it’s going to pack plenty of hardware onto your face. Here’s a look at what the kit packs, currently:

Component - Processor unit, head-mounted unit
Display Method - LCD
Panel Size - 5 inches
Panel Resolution - 1920xRGBx1080 (960xRGBx1080 per eye)
Field of View - 90 degrees
Sensors - Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Connection interface - HDMI + USB
Function - 3D audio, Social Screen

As for games, Sony isn’t exactly busting out the big guns yet, as they await a response from developers about their hardware. EVE Valkyrie is confirmed to be fully playable with the kit, Thief will have several sections slapped together to form one new game that takes advantage of the hardware and Castle will see players use the PS Move as a sword as they throw down some metal.

Sony is also looking to make Project Morpheus wireless, but if they can’t manage that, the five meter power cable should suffice for any sudden head movements.

I dig it, overall. This adds some competition to the virtual reality field, it looks nifty and I wouldn’t be embarrassed at all to have that sitting on my head.

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  • Jedi JJ

    Sounds like this little thing has better specs than the Xbone

    • MakeItLegal

      Comment of the day

    • RinceIsIngwer

      Hahahaha! YES!

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      What happens if you try to video chat? You just get a giant eye staring at you?

      • Jedi JJ

        Depends where the other person is wearing this.

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          Not really. *sip coffee*

          • Jedi JJ

            Haha.
            I’ve already had two cups. Not near enough.

  • RinceIsIngwer

    Interesting. If there is competition perhaps we will get to the stage where this is actually a viable peripheral.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    So if you have a few buddies over can the PS4 support more than one of these operating at a time, or do you have to share?

    PS. VR headsets are a gimmick.

    • iAmWeasel

      You know this because you have tried one?

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Yes.

        • iAmWeasel

          XD theatre at your mall doesn’t count as VR ;-)

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Oh :/ That also explains why they got upset when I tried to get “comfortable”.

          • iAmWeasel

            So why is it a gimmick? I’m interested to know what was good/bad about it.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Honestly, I think it’s really impressive what it does & how it works. The tech is great. I just think right now it’s a gimmick because it’s a giant thing you have to wear on your head, and I don’t like how it shuts you off from the world around you. Until it becomes something smaller, more convenient, like a pair of glasses, & has a kickass game or two it probably won’t take off among the majority of gamers.

          • iAmWeasel

            I don’t really like the idea of incorporating motion in it. But the idea of putting a screen right up against your eyes excites me. I like the idea of cutting out your peripheral vision to really immerse you.

          • RinceIsIngwer

            I agree with you that the idea is great, but sadly also have to agree with @disqus_DoEH3TsffU:disqus that the tech isn’t there just yet. Door 1 open (today is going to be close I fear)…

      • RinceIsIngwer

        He has actually :P

  • Sk3tz0

    VR and Red Tube.. Next biggest thing on PS4

  • Umar Praise The Golden Sun

    What’s nice is that it has the Sony brand behind it ans will be associated with Playstation which people are already familiar with

    • RinceIsIngwer

      Who? :)

      • Umar Praise The Golden Sun

        John

        • Jedi JJ

          Which John?

          • Sk3tz0

            john jacob jingleheimer schmidt

          • Umar Praise The Golden Sun

            Who?

          • RinceIsIngwer

            What are you, a fucking owl? ;)

          • Umar Praise The Golden Sun
          • RinceIsIngwer

            I think you must have missed mine too :P

          • Umar Praise The Golden Sun

            We need coffee…

          • RinceIsIngwer

            STAT!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I’ve had already, it’s not helping.

          • Sk3tz0

            make that Coffee Irish it will help then

          • RinceIsIngwer

            3rd cup time?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            We know what happened last time.

          • Admiral Chief of comments

            2 cups 1 rince?

          • HvR

            How do you get half digested cereal out of a keyboard?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            1 rinse?

          • HvR

            Too late now, the whole cup thing is imprinted now.

            Just watch out for RInce, watched Killer Kids last night. Out the 6 featured 5 of the little evil bastards were ginger.

          • RinceIsIngwer

            Indeed, so watch yourself buddy…

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I got your joke buddy! It just wasn’t funny.

          • RinceIsIngwer

            Then you are no buddy! :(

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            HAH HAH HAH HAH HAH HAH.

          • Jedi JJ

            Hello? What’s going on?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            He made a very funny joke. Laugh.

          • Jedi JJ

            Heh

          • RinceIsIngwer

            I think we are fighting over people saying ‘who’ and sounding like owls, or over Umar’s joke no one got, or well, Trevor, he needs no reason to cause chaos. Some just like to watch the world burn.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Fire is pretty. Why do you hate beauty?

          • Jedi JJ

            Busy Wednesday is busy. Now I’m missing out on completely random conversations where no one seems to be speaking about the same thing. The best kind of conversations.

          • RinceIsIngwer

            The best! ;)

          • Jedi JJ

            Finished Bioshock Infinite last night.
            I’m still recovering from that.

          • RinceIsIngwer

            Ahhh brother, man what an ending!

          • Jedi JJ

            Claudia was just frowning at me, having no idea the emotional trauma I’d just experienced.

          • RinceIsIngwer

            Yeah, and you cannot even begin to try and explain it! Damn what an ending.

          • Jedi JJ

            Everyone said the ending is great. This isn’t at all what I had expected. And they want to tell us that a good story line doesn’t matter. Pah!

          • RinceIsIngwer

            Exactly. Even if the mechanics were rather generic the story is what drove you to play the game, and the story that made you go ‘My MIND!’

  • Admiral Chief of comments

    What if I told you….

  • Sk3tz0

    Developers of CoD just wet their pants.. now they can keep that poor excuse of a game going with VR for another ten years.. I can see it now.. bunch of 12yr old brats raging that they gettin Camp and that they can only few 90 degrees.. so can see the campers

  • HvR

    if they can get it to market for under R2000 and have it work on all games (even if not in VR) it is a good alternative to a TV. Or have 2 for couch co-op.

    • geelslang

      R2000 is a bit optimistic, they should rather do it right than do it cheap.

  • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

    So with these VR headsets, do we still get to use controllers? Or is like Kinect?

    And aren’t we always told that if you sit too close to a screen all day your eyes will “get spoiled”? This will burn our eyes off!! O_O –> -_-

    • HvR

      “And aren’t we always told that if you sit too close to a screen all day your eyes will “get spoiled”?”

      Your mama lied to you!!! Everything is a lie, Santa, the Easter Bunny, that you are handsome, that you will find somebody to love……

      • Admiral Chief of comments

        …sounds like you heard that somewhere before?

        :P

        • HvR

          IT IS ALL LIES!!!!!

          *runs off to find some cake

          • Sk3tz0

            Cake is a Lie

          • TiMsTeR

            YOU TAKE THAT BACK!

          • Admiral Chief of comments

            Red velvet?

            :P

          • HvR

            Dammit now I want some red velvet cupcakes with the sweet and sour icing.

          • Admiral Chief of comments

            Seconded, luckily my sister in law bakes for one of those cake places, and she bakes from home, and since I am home today, waiting for Telkom, I shall sneak over and see if any are available for “acquisition”

            Shall I grab you one too?

          • Sk3tz0

            Waiting for telkom.. Did u take a Gap Year??

          • HvR

            Won;t work the FedEx guy will probably eat it before it gets to Cape Town. :(

      • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

        Ahhh man! WHY YOU NO TELL THIS ON MONDAY

  • TiMsTeR

    With the VR with PS move and kinect I see a whole host of youtube fails on there way. Everything from TV’s being hit to slapping a grandmother thinking she was a basketball while playing. Yes this will bring another level of interactive gaming and gameplay but at what cost…

    • HvR

      Hitting Grandma with the move controller O_O

      • RinceIsIngwer

        WOW

    • Alex Hicks

      What the actual. All I can think of is that Wii adult game – Wii Dare or something – which had adverts where adults were spanking each other with the Wii-mote. Now add Grandma to that image.

      O.0

  • Hammersteyn

    Sony is wasting money on this I feel.

  • Kromas

    What if I told you that nobody cares about your second hand tech ripoff Sony.

    • e1ace

      I’m guessing you comparing this to Oculus Rift. You realise Sony showed off their prototypes from 2010 and 2011?

      Not that Sony or Oculus is the first VR tech to be shown, but your statement is silly.

      • Kromas

        No they did not. There was a rumor that they were doing vr since 2010 but never any physical evidence. Also this device is their first prototype so my statement holds cause it can not possibly be a first prototype if they already showed it in 2010.

        But I was making a general meme based joke and the pic seemed to have gotten stuck.

        Oh well.

        • e1ace

          This is their first consumer prototype.

          Sorry missed the meme joke, didn’t mean to take things so seriously!

          • Kromas

            Seems I was mistaken as well. It happens.

  • Brenz

    Ok its a nice little gadget, specs to make microsoft blush,but….
    Its not real VR until you get the sensor gloves and can interact with the world that is sitting on your head, until then its a gimmick thats being shoved in your face.

    • Kromas

      It is not real VR till they plug cables directly into your head. :P

      • Alex Hicks

        Strange Days?

        Edit – I know you were referencing the Matrix; but Strange Days is closer to what we might actually end up with. Hopefully without the dystopia

        • Weanerdog

          Man I loved that movie.

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          I was actually thinking about watching that movie again just the other day.

        • Kromas

          Yeah I was quoting the matrix because of the Header and the project name being Morpheus but Strange Days would have been much much better. Then again we could also have gone for the VR from Johnny Quest or the VR from Demolition Man (minus the virtual sex part (unless you prefer VR over the real thing :P ))

  • Pieter Kruger

    How many new IP’s could Sony have funded with the money that went into this? This might explain the drought of Quality exclusive games on the PS4! ????.

    • RinceIsIngwer

      How many new IPs could MS have funded by not forcing people to use the unwanted Kinect 2?

      • Pieter Kruger

        Let’s not bullshit each other MS have the money and even though they’re also working on a VR set and spend an island of cash on the Kinect they still managed to push over $1 billion into new IP’s! On top of that they are still making more money per console sold! I’ll call it, Sony will be closing down a few more shops in coming months!

        • RinceIsIngwer

          Where did you get that MS are making more? Last I heard they were selling at a minus, not a plus. Might I also add that SONY have sold nearly 2 consoles to MS’ 1. PS here you go little fella, they may have pushed over a billion into new IP’s but they have sold AT A LOSS of an estimated 1 BILLION Dollars. http://bgr.com/2013/11/26/xbox-one-profit-estimate/

          • Weanerdog

            That sales ratio is only great if they are not making a loss on each console sold, which I think they are. drip drip drip drip

          • RinceIsIngwer

            Damn you man! And yes, they are selling at a loss, http://bgr.com/2013/11/26/xbox-one-profit-estimate/

          • Weanerdog

            Drip drip drip, what the hell is that dripping, sure is making me crazy.

          • RinceIsIngwer

            I know :( It’s making me nuts bro :(

          • Weanerdog

            Ah it has stopped n this side how about you

          • RinceIsIngwer

            Still light drizzle over hear but sporadic.

          • Pieter Kruger

            0/10 for that homework! You SERIOUSLY link to an “estimate” by some guy from November last year and then state it as fact? Come on, being on here proof that you’ve got access to the web, use it please!

          • RinceIsIngwer

            Erm, your ‘answer’ is not an an answer. I asked for evidence, that link was the first one of a google search that I did. I do not have to waste time disproving an argument, you have to show evidence for where you got your theory.

          • iAmWeasel

            Ya his estimations so vastly different to your assumptions about Sony’s downward spiral into bankruptcy huh. I get it, you like MS and Xbox products which is fine, but attacking their main competitor at every opportunity is childish dude.

          • Spathi

            Attacking Sony for a lack of quality exclusives is not childish, just plain laughable.

          • Pieter Kruger

            If you dare use “Knack” and “quality” in the same sentence I swear I will go nuclear on your ass man!!????

          • iAmWeasel

            So Xbox has had 1 quality exclusive (Titanfall) in how many years and suddenly the tables have turned.. wahaha!

          • Pieter Kruger

            What is wahaha is that I wasn’t even thinking about Titanfall but thnx for proving my point! ???? Was actually referring to Forza, Ryse, KI, Dead Rising etc. Even Powerstar Golf kicks Knacks ass all day long! I don’t mention Crimson Dragon as it’s simply crap! ????

          • RinceIsIngwer

            Agreed. The wild claims that he makes every time he has a chance without evidence is indeed laughable. As is his method of arguing. As I said, I don’t need to disprove his claims, he needs to prove his.

          • Pieter Kruger

            You know you can sort search results by date which would make it more relevant right? ????

          • RinceIsIngwer

            That would imply I have to do your work for you :P

          • Pieter Kruger

            Not at all, I just simply wish to spare you the embarrassment of quoting a 1996 Huisgenoot to “prove” your next point(whatever that might turn out to be)????

    • iAmWeasel

      Lets not forget that MS, Valve, just about everyone has a headset in the works. Of course Sony getting in on the action makes them primeval.

      • Pieter Kruger

        All I’m saying is that if you’re cash strapped like Sony, you need to focus on relative things, like for example GAMES! This whole VR thing is still just a gimmick! Would’ve been better to just sit back and wait it out until everyone else have releases theirs, check out the impact and viability and then jump in(they already have a huge install base to rely on)

        • RinceIsIngwer

          And the kinect isn’t? HAHAHAHAHA right.

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          That’s…. not how R&D & competition works.

          • RinceIsIngwer

            Agreed. Oh hell 0-O

        • iAmWeasel

          Sit back and wait, like what MS did with blu-ray on the 360. Sony have plenty of first party titles in the works, I wouldn’t lose any sleep over that.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      lol. well played.

    • oOqUiS

      What this does not explain is why this bothers you? You already bored with Titanfall?

      • RinceIsIngwer

        Hahaha!

      • Pieter Kruger

        It’s not a battle until you hear the thunder of a Titan dropping!!! It bothers me that the top selling gaming console injects money into this and couldn’t be bothered that they’re only offering Indie games as exclusives! Clearly their money is being channelled the wrong way?

        • oOqUiS

          This is not about the Money, it’s about gaming evolution. You keep on going on about the “money”,that’s the M$ mentality that’s hurting the gaming industry. Sony’s innovation towards gaming is something M$ can’t buy. Microsoft got allot of money, they could have invested in a SP campaign for Titanfall?

        • oOqUiS

          I just realized i’m having this conversation with the biggest Xbot on this site. To put it in perspective watch this video. It’s about taking gaming to the next level.

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w96ys0PLY6g

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Shouldn’t we call them Xtitans now & not Xbots? :/

          • oOqUiS

            That’s so clever what u did there! Gonna be a thing i’m telling you. Surprised i haven’t heard it before.

    • Rags

      Maybe 1?

  • CypherGate

    Thats looking good. Now to start saving for it… Oh wait… im still saving for my PS4 lol

  • Rags

    Wireless? Haha. Enjoy your lag!

    • Brian Murphy

      It’s not wireless, the most they’ve said is they’re looking into it.

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