Sony could be preparing to introduce a virtual reality (VR) headset for its PlayStation 4 console at a presentation during the Games Developer Conference (GDC) in San Francisco this year between 17 – 21 March. Looking at the event’s sessions schedule, the company has penciled in a presentation named Creating Unique Interactive Experiences with the PlayStation 4 for 19 March; could this be where the device is revealed?
The event will be hosted by Chris Norden, a Senior Staff Developer Support Engineer for Sony Computer Entertainment America. It will talk about developing for the console’s various input devices, including the DualShock4 controller, PlayStationEye camera, PlayStationmove and PlayStationmobile app. According to the description, it will give developers “a better understanding of some of the new and exciting features that are available to developers to make their PS4 games stand out from the rest.” This could well include a new VR headset.
Reports of the PS4 VR headset originated from TechRadar. According to the outlet an alleged “inside source” has apparently tested the headset behind closed doors and claims that it’s almost ready for an unveiling. While not revealing much about the device itself, the source did suggest that people would be “impressed” with the technology. “The quality and resolution are really, really good,” they said. “People will definitely be impressed with what Sony’s built”.
GDC is an event in which various members of the videogame industry host presentations and talks about the development of titles and other aspects. In previous years, Sony has used the event to unveil new software and hardware, such as the PlayStation Move motion controller in 2010.
If true, then this will be the first VR headset to debut for next-generation videogame consoles. It will also pit the headset against the Oculus Rift, the VR headset in development for the PC. VRFocus will continue to follow the rumoured headset and be on the ground at GDC 2014 to report on any developments from either Sony or Oculus.