Wow from since I was a kid I have dreamed of this, I just hope its everything I hoped for and more. So as widely expected Sony has used the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco to debut their new PlayStation 4 VR headset, which is currently codenamed Project Morpheus.
Although the visor appears to be a standard head-mounted display it will also use the existing PlayStation Camera and built-in sensors to make sure that as you move your head the game world you’re seeing moves in exactly the same way. It also works in conjunction with Sony’s oft-forgotten motion control device the PlayStation Move, whose Wii remote style wand will be used to track the movements of your hands and to simulate you using items like swords and guns. Since the DualShock 4 also has a Move style lightbar it can also be used in a similar manner. The headset also features 3D audio with sounds coming from the left, right, front, behind, up, and down. Sony was at pains to point out that this is only a prototype, and so the look of the headset and the technical specifications below might change by the time it becomes a retail product. There was no indication of price, and Sony wouldn’t be drawn on questions of frame rate or latency. The release date was described only ‘as soon as possible’, but Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida did admit that they were still researching eye-tracking. It’s hard to get an idea of how a VR headset works unless you actually try it but Sony used a demo of CCP’s space combat simulator Eve Valkyrie, which was initially developed for PC-based VR headset Oculus Rift. Square Enix’s Thief reboot was also shown working with the device, as well as Sony-made tech demos The Castle – which demonstrated using Move to wield a sword – and The Deep, which has you underwater in a shark cage. Project Morpheus technical specifications:
Component: Processor unit, head-mounted unit
Display Method: LCD Panel Size: 5 inches
Panel Resolution: 1920×RGB×1080 (960×RGB×1080 per eye)
Field of View: 90 degrees Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Connection interface: HDMI + USB
Function: 3D audio, Social Screen
I'm loving it and can't wait to try it out. What your thoughts on this?
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