One of the biggest announcements at this year’s Game Developers Conference (GDC) was a release window for Sony Computer Entertainment’s (SCE) virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD), Project Morpheus. The company confirmed that the kit would be launching in the first half of 2016, meaning that there’s still roughly a year to go until it finally hits the market. For those that can’t wait that long, SCE did give out an amusing gift to GDC 2015 attendees, taking the popular smartphone-based HMD concept and applying it to Project Morpheus.
Indie developer Oliver JT, who is currently working on anticipated VR music title Synthesis Universe, revealed that SCE handed out a cardboard HMD named ‘Project Morpheus Cardboard Edition’. A picture of the gift can be seen below. As the name suggests, the kit takes the cardboard HMD concept first used by Google, allowing users to slot their smartphone in a low-cost HMD and display side-by-side content in 3D. The design doesn’t take the form of the true version of Project Morpheus but instead looks similar to the original PlayStation, which is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary.
The cardboard edition of Project Morpheus seems more like fun than anything else. The real device was reintroduced at GDC with a 1080p OLED display that boasts a 120Hz refresh rate. With release due next year, SCE is set to spend much of 2015 revealing further details about the device, including price and a more specific launch date. It will also start talking about full videogame releases at shows such as E3, which takes place in June. So far only a handful of titles have been confirmed to support Project Morpheus, including EVE: Valkyrie, Q.U.B.E. 2 and Surgeon Simulator. VRFocus has speculated about which other titles could be confirmed for the kit.
VRFocus will continue to follow Project Morpheus closely, reporting back with any further updates on the kit.