In recent years Sony Computer Entertainment’s (SCE) Shuhei Yoshida has become something of a celebrity within the PlayStation community. Yoshida, who acts as Head of Worldwide Studios, has of course worked with SCE for a long time but increased appearances at press conferences and other events have put him in the public eye more than ever. In fact, he’s been with the company long enough to even consider retiring. As it turns out, the PlayStation figurehead has stayed on for at least one clear reason; to work on PlayStation 4’s Project Morpheus virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD).
Yoshida revealed as much in a recent interview with Japanese publication Famitsu, as translated by Kotaku. “On a personal note, I turned 50 this year. When you reach your 50’s all of a sudden you begin to see down the road ahead and I began to think about retiring and considered finding a successor.” Yoshida explained. “However, once I got involved with the development of the Project Morpheus system, it felt much like what it was like before the release of the original PlayStation, and I began thinking, ‘how cool would it be if this technology became available to everyone.'”
Even VR’s biggest critics have something to be thankful for, then. Yoshida himself was the one to introduce Project Morpheus to the masses in March 2014 at the Game Developers Conference. Since that time he has spoken passionately about the technology including his hopes for it to reach outside of videogames and the relationship between SCE and Oculus VR, the company that brought VR back into the spotlight with its Oculus Rift HMD for PC. Since that reveal little else has been shared on Project Morpheus, although Yoshida is set to appear on a panel discussing the device at this weekend’s PlayStation Experience.
Interestingly, another side effect of Project Morpheus is the light bar fitted to the Dualshock 4 controller for PlayStation 4. SCE’s Jed Ashforth revealed as much earlier in the year. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all news surrounding Project Morpheus, reporting back with any further updates on the device.