SCEE on Project Morpheus: ‘It’s a whole new platform of gaming’

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) has been following it’s American counterpart in wheeling out the PlayStation 4’s forthcoming virtual reality (VR) solution, Project Morpheus, at every possible opportunity. Keen to convince the gaming public that the head-mounted display (HMD) is more than just a console peripheral, the publisher regularly reiterates that Project Morpheus is more than just ‘just an incremental change on something that existed’.

This was the message at a recent press event in London, UK, where Simon Benson, Director of the Immersive Technology Group at Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, spoke with 3news about the forthcoming product release: “I think one big differences with [Project] Morpheus compared with other technologies, most of the technologies are kind of an iteration on something else. It’s been something that’s added to something existing,” stated Benson. “We were all familiar with gaming on a 2D TV. Then 3D TV is that, plus something. With virtual reality, you cannot make that equation at all, it’s so radically different. It’s not like it’s just an incremental change on something that existed. It’s something completely new and a whole new platform of gaming.”

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While VR has many opportunities to benefit society outside of videogames, VRFocus has been predicting that it will be entertainment that is the driving force behind the technology for some time. As each HMD begins to approach it’s consumer release it’s becoming more and more apparent that each manufacturer feels the same way, and SCEE’s Benson is no different. VR, as it stands, is all about videogame entertainment:

“We haven’t even scratched the surface yet. Imagine what it’s going to be like in five years time when people who better understand the technology can really do so much more with it. We’re going to be experiencing games that are going to be so incredible and so unbelievable in this point in time that you know, you just can’t predict.”

The PlayStation 4’s Project Morpheus HMD is currently expected to launch in the first half of 2016. No specific release date nor price have yet been revealed for the device, but more information is expected in the coming months. VRFocus will keep you updated with all the latest details on Project Morpheus and its software line-up.