There are a handful of significant names in the virtual reality (VR) video space at this point in time. Among them is VRSE, a company that has produced a number of memorable 360 degree experiences such as Clouds Over Sidra for mobile head-mounted displays (HMDs) such as Google Cardboard and Gear VR. With the release of PC and console-based HMDs finally drawing near, many are hoping that VRSE’s work will also be coming to the likes of the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Project Morpheus. In fact, Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) itself has recently suggested VRSE is working with the latter.
Shuhei Yoshida, SCE’s Head of Worldwide Studios hinted as much in a talk with GamesIndustry.biz. Yoshida mentioned that he himself has recently visited VRSE and had been impressed with its work. When asked if SCE might push before exclusive VR video content, he stated that it wouldn’t. “Videos work with everyone and for VR as an industry to make progress, people who make content have to make money. I want companies like VRSE to be able to recoup from as many platforms as possible, and that’s their business plan as well. We just want to make sure that their content and other companies content works really really well on Morpheus,” he said.
This certainly makes it sound as if VRSE’s content is on its way to the HMD. VR video has had an increased presence on Project Morpheus within the past few weeks as SCE revealed a collaboration with Sony Pictures for Can You Walk the Walk?. Yoshida reasoned that the kit’s 120Hz display makes it a great place to watch these videos. “Because PS4 is powerful hardware and Morpheus runs at 120fps, so the video watching experience can be much better than the mobile experience, for example,” he said. “So that’s what we want to do, make sure we are providing enough technical support for that to happen but we don’t feel the need to make non-gaming content by ourselves or fund them.”
VRFocus will continue to follow Project Morpheus closely, reporting back with any further updates on its progress.