Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) has remained tight-lipped on its Project Morpheus virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) for PlayStation 4 for much of 2014. The device was revealed at the 2014 Game Developers Conference in March and has since made small appearances at the likes of E3 and Gamescom but is yet to see anything in the way of an official update. However a video posted online this week may offer a glimpse at a new version of the kit.
In September 2014 SCE London Studio’s Dave Ranyard hosted a talk titled ‘Virtual Reality: A New World to Explore’ at the DICE Europe 2014 summit. That talk recently found its way online and can be seen below. Despite Ranyard opening the talk by stating that he wouldn’t be revealing any new information about Project Morpheus, a video played just minutes later, starting at 4:09, offers a brief look at a version of the device yet unseen.
The video shows Ranyard’s mother, Maureen Ranyard, playing SCE London’s The Deep demo that debuted with Project Morpheus itself. However, instead of the sleek grey version of Project Morpheus that many are used to, a black version of the kit can be seen as pictured above. The tracking lights, which work with the PlayStation 4’s camera in the same way the Dualshock 4’s light does, are here positioned in the top corners of the device as opposed to lining the edges.
Ranyard didn’t mention what version of Project Morpheus this design was, although based on the minimalist look it’s likely to be a simple development kit. However the developer does mention that the video was filmed after Morpheus’ reveal at GDC 2014. At they very least it’s interesting to see another iteration of the device whether or not is past or present technology. VRFocus will continue to follow Project Morpheus, reporting back with any further updates.