Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) has suggested that its PlayStation Vita handheld console could interact with its Project Morpheus virtual reality (VR) headset. Simon Benson, director of the World Wide Studios (WWS) Immersive Technology Group, said as much during a recent press event for the headset in London. Benson hinted that the PlayStatoin Vita could be used as a part of SCE’s ‘social screen’ initative, acting as second screen for VR experiences, with one player using the system to interact with the other using the headset.
“Really you want to make sure this isn’t an isolated sort of thing,” Benson told CVG in a video preview. “In the old days it was pass the controller, now it’s pass the virtual reality headset, you know? But everyone can be involved. One thing we have on there is this thing we call a social screen that allows you to see what the person that’s in the virtual reality space sees on the TV. So they can see the experience and therefore talk to them. They can actually interact with it and maybe use a Vita as a second screen and actually control what’s going to happen to this other person and then see the reaction which is often priceless.”
It’s the first time that the handheld system has been linked to Project Morpheus, although SCE has previously talked about multiplayer in VR. Could we see this idea expanded upon at this year’s E3? VRFocus will be at the event on 10th – 12th June 2014 to bring you all the latest on Project Morpheus and everything else VR.