Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) is taking a cautious approach to the Project Morpheus virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) for PlayStation 4. Despite a successful reveal earlier in the year, the company remains tight-lipped on when and even if the device will release, as well as providing details on any updated prototypes. 2014 was ultimately a quiet year for the kit, then, with the Oculus Rift PC HMD undeniably continuing to lead the charge for the VR industry. Hopefully 2015 is the year that SCE pushes Project Morpheus with new details and announcements. That said, you might be able to guess what some of those reveals will be already.
2014 was a huge year for PlayStation and the indie scene, with scores of titles confirmed to be coming to PlayStation 4 having already released on PC. Some of these titles already feature support for the Oculus Rift in their first versions. Some have already confirmed that Project Morpheus integration will be included in their upcoming console version, including the likes of Among the Sleep and Q.U.B.E. 2. Others have remained quiet on VR support, or been unable to confirm it so far. Below is a list of these unconfirmed videogames. Could this be a look at some of the announcements still to come for the device?
The Forest – One of the many great surprises at the 2014 PlayStation Experience, Endnight Games’ beautiful survival title is still waiting to add previously-confirmed Oculus Rift support to its Early Access PC version. There was no mention of Project Morpheus at its PlayStation 4 reveal, however. Could VR support be ready for the PlayStation 4 release?
Ether One – White Paper Games’ seminal debut was one of the earliest full titles to support the Oculus Rift when it launched last year. The developer is now updating the adventure videogame with Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4 and bringing it to PlayStation 4. It’s said that VR is a big focus of the update and has even told VRFocus that it is ‘hopeful’ for Project Morpheus support.
Wander – This intriguing non-combat massively multiplayer online (MMO) experience recently reconfirmed its intentions to launch on PlayStation 4. The unreleased PC version is confirmed to be supporting the Oculus Rift, so Project Morpheus could well be on the cards for the console version as well.
Grave – Broken Window Studio was behind one of the few VR Kickstarter success stories of 2014 with Grave. That said, the developer narrowly missed out on a stretch goal to bring the title to PlayStation 4. Despite this, the team has since been able to confirm a PlayStation 4 version but hasn’t yet mentioned Project Morpheus support. With a release expected in early 2015, is Grave hitting too soon for Project Morpheus or could support be added later down the line?
SNOW – Project Morpheus support for winter sports experience SNOW wasn’t mentioned when the PlayStation 4 version was announced at Gamescom 2014. However the developer was showcasing its Oculus Rift integration on PC during the show. With that in mind, this seems like another possibility for VR support on consoles.
ADR1FT – Indie team Three One Zero turned heads with its reveal of gameplay for ADR1FT at The Game Awards in December 2014. The atmospheric demo was followed by confirmation that the title would support the Oculus Rift as well as be heading PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Since then SCE executives have mentioned playing the title in VR, suggesting that this could well be another edition to the Project Morpheus line-up.
Loading Human – Untold Games finds itself in a slightly different situation to the other titles on this list. Loading Human has actually been quite forward about its support for Project Morpheus in the PlayStation 4 version of this first-person adventure title. The problem? That PlayStation 4 version hasn’t been officially confirmed yet. Instead the title has been ‘concept approved’ for the system, meaning it could well arrive in the future. Perhaps the title’s performance on PC with Oculus Rift will influence a possible console port.
Alien: Isolation – The Creative Assembly has faced a lot of questions over its VR support for this survival horror title. It debuted a VR compatible demo on Oculus Rift at E3 2014, which continued to make the rounds at other industry events. Despite this, the developer hasn’t yet confirmed an official VR version on either PC or PlayStation 4. Should the former come to fruition then one can only hope that the latter also follows on.
Dying Light – One of the most surprising recent reveals for possible Oculus Rift support is free-running zombie title Dying Light from Techland. Again, it’s not officially confirmed to be getting a full VR version on PC, but should it happen that Project Morpheus could also be in store.
The Witness – One of the more interesting VR videogames to track over the past year has been The Witness from Braid creator Johnathan Blow. Nearly two years ago now the famed indie developer confirmed the upcoming first-person puzzle experience as a console exclusive on PlayStation 4. Then, towards the end of 2013, Blow announced Oculus Rift support for the PC version. With that in mind, it’s not hard to imagine why the title has been missing in action for much of 2014. Is it waiting in the wings for the Project Morpheus launch?
Could this resemble an early line-up for Project Morpheus? There are plenty of other titles that could well end up supporting the device; no doubt that many will have their hopes set on support with No Man’s Sky from Hello Games, but with no VR-enabled PC version to back up speculation, it’s anyone’s guess. One thing’s for sure; it’s going to be an exciting year for fans of this upcoming device.