Though it doesn’t receive as much attention as other aspects, audio is a key part of the virtual reality (VR) experience. Convincing, spatialised sound plays a major role in allowing users to believe that they have stepped into another world. But what about music? Do soundtracks and more play an important role in the VR experience? Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE), creator of the Project Morpheus head-mounted display (HMD) for PlayStation 4, will be discussing this in a few months’ time as it brings the device to this year’s Game Music Connect event in London, England.
The show takes place on 15th September at the Purcell Room in London’s Southbank Centre and, as reported by Develop, will feature an opening talk from Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) Director of Music, Chuck Doud. More importantly for VR fans, developers that are currently working on Project Morpheus will also be at the event to host their own sessions on music within VR. Teams will discuss the meaning of music in VR and some of their own findings with working with the technology thus far, sharing what they’ve learnt.
Tickets to Game Music Connect 2015 are currently on sale for £130 GBP. The event gets underway at 09:45 GMT and runs through to 18:00. Other speakers include Creative Assembly’s Sam Cooper and Byron Bullock, who worked on Alien: Isolation, as well as composers Joe Henson and Alexis Smith.
Project Morpheus itself is looking to launch within the first half of 2016. The current iteration of the device, which is still said to be a prototype, boasts a 1080p OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. A specific release date for the kit and potential pricing are yet to be fully announced.
VRFocus will continue to follow Project Morpheus closely, reporting back with the latest updates on its progress.