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Sony: Project Morpheus Still ‘looming in the background as a potential new project to take to market’

Since the reveal of the Project Morpheus virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) in March 2014 many have questioned if the device will ever actually see a consumer release. Indie developers have continued to commit to the device throughout 2014, though Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) executives have also continued to stress that the company is yet to decide if it will bring the kit to market. According to PlayStation UK MD Fergal Gara, that situation is yet to change.

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Gara revealed as much speaking to Red Bull in a recent interview about the first year performance of the PlayStation 4. “This year sees the introduction of Share Play,” he explained, “the introduction of PlayStation TV and as we look forward there’s plenty more to come – PlayStation Now and Project Morpheus looming in the background as a potential new project to take to market. It’s a great start but we can’t rest easy, we must keep exciting and delighting gamers – and of course broadening the audience as we go.”

SCE’s unwillingness to commit to a consumer release of Project Morpheus is strange given that titles such as the VR-exclusive EVE: Valkyrie have been confirmed as in development for PlayStation 4. In the past Oculus Rift HMD creator Oculus VR has expressed its own concern about the company’s lack of commitment to the technology. More recently Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe revealed that it had invited SCE to its offices to see the latest version of the Oculus Rift, urging the company to make sure their own device at least matches it.

It’s unclear when SCE will reveal more on Project Morpheus, then. It will be on display at the PlayStation Experience next month in Las Vegas, Nevada, though it’s likely to be showing many of the same demonstrations that have been exhibited at events since its reveal. VRFocus will continue to follow the HMD’s progress, reporting back with any further updates on it.