Virtual reality (VR) may finally be approaching the consumer market, with a number of high-profile head-mounted displays (HMDs) set to launch in the coming months, but the technology still has a long way to go. Most of the HMDs that will release over the course of the next year will be updated and improved upon in order to prepare it for a time that everyone is using it. According to Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE), Project Morpheus HMD for PlayStation 4, that time is just a ‘few years’ away.
The company’s Head of Worldwide Studios and somewhat VR evangelist Shuhei Yoshida stated as much in a recent interview with Business Insider. “So, I always say this,” Yoshida began, “any company providing the first time VR experience to different people, we are helping each other to get people to say, ‘Ah. Yeah. I never expected this could be done.’ And VR is a tech that, in a few years, everyone will use in some form or manner. And we are just trying to accelerate the time to get to that point.”
Project Morpheus itself is set to launch within the first half of 2016, though a specific date and price are yet to be announced. The kit boasts a 1080p OLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate. The device is capable of ‘reprojecting’ compatible titles with a 120fps refresh rate, rather than requiring them to achieve this themselves. SCE is set to reveal even more new experiences for the device at both Tokyo Game Show and Paris Games Week in the coming weeks and months. Fans are also hoping to see the device once again at the upcoming PlayStation Experience event in San Francisco, California this December.
VRFocus will continue to follow Project Morpheus closely, reporting back with the latest updates on the kit’s progress.