This week saw Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) host another news-filled press conference, this time for the Chinese market. The company kicked off the Chinajoy Expo & Conference which runs from today to 2nd August 2015 in Shanghai with a new presentation revealing some new titles. One might not think that Project Morpheus, the company’s virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) for PlayStation 4, would appear in a show for what is a relatively new market, but SCE did indeed showcase the device during the event.
Shuhei Yoshida, SCE’s Head of Worldwide Studios, spoke about Project Morpheus for a short while during the show. It doesn’t appear that any new announcements were made in terms of either software or hardware but, according to a detailed rundown from NeoGAF user Gskyace, Project Morpheus will be on the event’s show floor with demos of Namco’s Summer Lesson, SCE London’s The Deep, Playroom VR and even the Hatsune Miku VR demo that made its debut at a recent Unity conference. This will of course be the new prototype for Project Morpheus that debuted in March 2015.
It’s not surprising to see SCE hold back on new Project Morpheus announcements. Yoshida himself recently suggested that more videogame reveals will be made both at the 2015 Tokyo Game Show (TGS) in Japan in September and Paris Games Week in France towards the end of October. The kit itself is due for consumer release in the first half of 2016, pitting it behind HTC and Valve’s Vive PC-based device and also possibly just after the release of the Oculus Rift, which is due to launch in the first quarter of next year.
VRFocus will continue to follow Project Morpheus and its progress closely, reporting back with the latest updates on it.