Sony Corporation surprised technology fans at its IFA 2015 press conference in Berlin, Germany yesterday by making mention of its Project Morpheus virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) for PlayStation 4. While no new announcements were made, CEO Kazuo Hirai flagged up the device in a show that had already hosted the reveal of the Xperia Z5 smartphone and more. According to Hirai, the device is a ‘remarkable innovation’ and something that showcases ‘the future of gaming and pushes the boundaries of play’.
“Now, of course, one fantastic example of this is Project Morpheus, our virtual reality system designed for the PlayStation 4,” he said. “Morpheus, simply put, is a remarkable innovation that showcases the future of gaming and pushes the boundaries of play. Project Morpheus achieves a sense of presence that takes you beyond conventional gameplay and to worlds of unprecedented depth and perception. So we’re talking about powerful 360 degree experiences unlike anything that you’ve ever experienced.
“And not only does Project Morpheus deliver unique, next-level VR experiences, it also provides a social dimension, that allows players to connect and share their experience with others, whether that’d be playing alongside each other, or even via online multiplayer.”
Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) has been showcasing examples of these experiences at recent events such as E3 and Gamescom. RIGS: Mechanised Combat League, for example, is an online first-person shooter (FPS) on its way to the HMD while other social apps have also been revealed.
Project Morpheus itself is set to launch in the first half of 2016, though a more specific date and price are yet to be announced. The kit boasts a 1080p OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate that’s capable of ‘reprojecting’ experience in 120fps.
VRFocus will continue to follow Project Morpheus closely, reporting back with the latest updates on its progress.