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Final Fantasy XIV Coming to PlayStation VR

Project Morpheus finally has its real name. Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) today rebranded its virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) with the new name of PlayStation VR, ending years of speculation. Talking about the kit on its Tokyo Game Show (TGS) 2015 stage, the company also lifted the lid on a number of new titles set to arrive on the hardware. Among them is none other than Square Enix’s latest massively multiplayer online (MMO) Final Fantasy title, Final Fantasy XIV Online.

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The logo for the title can be seen in an image showcasing the line-up of VR videogames headed to PlayStation 4. Neither SCE nor Square Enix has provided any other information on this support right now, though it’s likely that support will be integrated in a patch later down the line. Final Fantasy XIV Online is certainly a surprising addition to the VR line up given that, at the technology’s early stage, many have emphasised that it is best applied to shorter videogame sessions rather than a genre such as the MMO, which can devour hundreds of hours of a player’s time.

That said, this is far from Square Enix’s first foray into VR. Earlier this year the publisher revealed that mobile spin-off Hitman GO was on its way to Gear VR while the director of the upcoming Final Fantasy XV has also teased that the team experimented with a HMD, though ultimately decided against its inclusion. Does the publisher have more VR in store for fans as HMDs head towards the consumer market over the next 9 months?

PlayStation VR itself is set to launch in the first half of 2016. The kit boasts a 1080p OLED display complete with a 120Hz refresh rate. It’s also capable of ‘reprojecting’ titles to run at 120fps, even if they do not do so natively. VRFocus will continue to follow Project Morpheus closely, reporting back with any further updates on the title’s development.

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