Both Oculus VR and Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) have made a point of their friendly relationship while developing their respective virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMD). That said, it was inevitable that, eventually, the Oculus Rift VR HMD and Project Morpheus VR HMD would be pitted against each other in some form. The first example of this arose last week at the Gamescom 2014 awards, where the two went head-to-head in the Best Hardware category, with Oculus VR’s kit coming out on top.
The Oculus Rift’s second development kit (DK2) took the grand prize, while Project Morpheus found itself sitting with the category’s three other nominees: NVDIA’s SHIELD Tablet, Nintendo’s Amiibo and even Cyberith’s Virtualizer omni-directional treadmill, designed for use with VR experiences. The official Oculus VR account made note of the victory on Twitter, stating: “Still just a development kit, but DK2 wins Best Hardware at @gamescomcologne 2014!”
As the message notes, DK2 is still just a development kit, with no word on when a consumer version might launch. The same can be said for Project Morpheus, which remains strictly in prototype stages at this point in time. Both the Oculus Rift DK2 and Project Morpheus offer positional tracking and 1080p displays, albeit the Oculus Rift’s is an OLED one while Project Morpheus is LCD.
VRFocus will continue to follow any and all news surrounding both the Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus, bringing you the latest on them.