Throughout 2014 Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) has shown wavering commitment to its Project Morpheus head-mounted display (HMD) for PlayStation 4. Despite excitement from figureheads such as Shuhei Yoshida and confirmation of titles such as EVE: Valkyrie heading to the platform, certain executives have refused to outright confirm that the device will definitely see a release. However this week sees more positive comments on the kits’ future come from SCEA chief executive Shawn Layden, who has said that VR will change ‘the entire gaming experience.’
Layden said as much in a full interview with the Financial Times. “In a couple of years from now, we are going to see virtual reality changing the entire gaming experience,” he said. However, Layden stressed that, in order to release Project Morpheus, SCE needed to get not only the device itself up to an acceptable standard but also software as well. He reiterated what many have already said in that VR isn’t just limited to videogames, but needed to find its footing in this medium before looking elsewhere.
“We have to concentrate on delivering this VR experience in a meaningful and attractive way in the gaming world first. Without success in that realm, it would be difficult to start to branch off,” he said.
Project Morpheus was revealed back in March 2014 at the Game Developer Conference in San Francisco, USA. The kit features full positional tracking and a 1080p display. It has since made fleeting appearances as other industry events, though SCE itself has had only a few updates to share since its reveal. The company recently showcased the device alongside the controversial Summer Lesson demo in Japan. Just what SCE has in store for the device in 2015 is yet to be revealed.
VRFocus will continue to follow Project Morpheus, reporting back with any further updates on the device.