Within the next 12 months Sony Computer Entertainment’s (SCE) Project Morpheus head-mounted display (HMD) should have launched and eager virtual reality (VR) fans will be able to plug the peripheral into their PS4’s to experience SCE’s take on VR. Recently SCE spoke about the current work the company was doing before the HMD launch.
Shuhei Yoshida, President of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios recently spoke with The Japan Times about Project Morpheus and indie developers for the PS4, and said about the HMD progress: “The hardware development (of Project Morpheus) is going very, very well,” he said. “We are now focused on working on finalizing the system software and giving technical support to developers.”
At the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) last month, SCE showed a large compliment of titles for Project Morpheus, but not all could be shown: “We prepared 20-plus kiosks for the E3 booth, but we had more submissions from developers than we could display,” said Yoshida. “We had to turn down some of the games that had already been completed for E3 and we are now asking them to target either TGS (Tokyo Games Show) or Paris Games Week.”
With the possibility of Project Morpheus having a good line-up of videogames for its launch, Yoshida acknowledges that indie developers will play an important role in the future of the HMD and PS4, saying: “Indie games are super important for the industry – not just for us.” Adding: “Many new concepts fail, but the industry cannot sustain itself without new concepts coming out and creating exciting new trends. Mid-size publishers have disappeared, and so now it’s indie developers that are generating new ideas and new excitement.”
VRFocus will continue to report on further updates to Project Morpheus as they’re announced.