Just as with Oculus VR, Valve and Samsung, Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) is betting big on virtual reality (VR). The company proved as much with the reveal of its Project Morpheus head-mounted display (HMD) for the PlayStation 4. In fact, SCE’s London Studio, which is known for its work on popular VR experiences such as The Deep, Street Luge and London Heist, even thinks that VR HMDs could become the ‘technological icon of the age’, similar to the Walkman in the 1980’s and smartphones in the current day and age.
Studio boss Dave Ranyard recently said as much in an interview with The Guardian. “I often think about the technological icon of the age,” Ranyard explained. “In the 80s it was the Walkman, in the 2010s it’s the smartphone. When I’m retiring these handsets will look so old; there will be some other way of dealing with apps. Maybe that will be VR.
“I’ve seen everyone from high-ranking industry executives to non-gamers playing with the Morpheus headset, and one thing I’ve learned is that, if there’s a visual icon for our coming age, it could well be someone wearing a VR headset, reacting to something the rest of us can’t see.”
VR is expected to hit the consumer market later in the year with the release of HTC and Valve’s Vive HMD for PC. The consumer version of Samsung’s Gear VR is also rumoured to be hitting towards the end of 2015. Project Morpheus itself will be launching in the first half of 2016, though there’s currently no date for the consumer version of the Oculus Rift. With these releases in mind, how long will it take for VR to become the widespread technological icon that Ranyard envisions it becoming?
Project Morpheus is expected to make its next showing at E3 2015 in June. VRFocus will continue to follow the kit closely, reporting back with the latest updates on it.