Sony Computer Entertainment’s (SCE) Project Morpheus head-mounted display (HMD) continues to impress with an outing at this month’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) that showcased new software for the device, including Street Luge and a revised version of The Deep. Following this latest presentation of the hardware a story emerged suggesting that development on the hardware had been completed. Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) has since debunked this rumour, insisting the Project Morpheus is still a prototype.
The rumour first began as GamesIndustry.biz ran a story including an interview from SCEE Germany’s Uwe Bassendowski. In the translated transcript Bassendowski stated that, “The development of the hardware is complete.” This statement is likely to have been a result of misinterpretation however, as SCEE has since denied that Project Morpheus has finalised it’s development.
Following the publication of the interview VRFocus contacted Sony Computer Entertainment Europe’s (SCEE) Simon Benson, Director of the Worldwide Studios Immersive Technology Group, for clarification on the rumour. Despite still touring with the Project Morpheus hardware in the US following E3, Benson took the time to clarify the situation and confirmed that the HMD is still a prototype. No further information is available at this point, and is unlikely to be for several months.
No release date or price point for Project Morpheus has yet been revealed. Furthermore, SCE maintain that Project Morpheus is still a ‘potential’ product rather than an accessory that will inevitably become part of the PlayStation 4’s accessory stable. Given that Project Morpheus has benefited from several public outings however, it’s more than likely that a retail version is already in the works. VRFocus will keep you updated with all the latest details on Project Morpheus and other virtual reality (VR) devices from SCE.