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Sony demos Project Morpheus: A virtual reality headset for PS4

At 2014 Game Developers Conference, Sony Corp. (NYSE: SNE) has showcased Project Morpheus, a virtual reality headset that will work with PlayStation 4. Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony Worldwide Studios has introduced the virtual reality project at an event entitled “Driving the Future of Innovation” on which the company has been working for last three years.

“Nothing delivers a feeling of immersion better than VR,” said Yoshida. “VR has been a dream of many gamers since the computer was invented. Many of us at PlayStation have dreamed of VR and what it could mean to the gaming community.”

Yoshida couldn’t miss the opportunity to make a brief demonstration of the virtual reality using a modified version of God of War. The headset is designed to work with the PlayStation 4 and will integrate with the PlayStation Camera for tracking and the PlayStation Move for motion control.

[one_half]The prototype shown at the event, will continue to improve the device by collecting feedback from the developers over the coming months. Sony has also confirmed that the Project Morpheus will not be available for consumers this year.[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Users will have to wait till 2015 to get their hands on the device.[/one_half_last]

Richard Marks senior director of R&D at Sony Computer Entertainment America has clarified that the project Morpheus will not be used for playing games only rather will go pervasive.

He’s been working on a project with NASA and its Jet Propulsion Lab that will allow PS4 owners to feel like they’re right with the space agency on Mars.

Sony will focus on six areas – sight, sound, tracking, control, ease of use, and content for bringing the device to market. Anton Mikhailov, Sr. Software Engineer of R&D explains that the device is very comfortable to wear, adjustable and ideal for prolong use. It’s also compatible with custom headphones that can be connected directly to the unit itself.

The headset comes with 1080p LCD and a 90-degree view angle, which probably further improve over the time. Accelerometer and gyroscope sensors track a user’s motion in association with PS 4 camera more accurately. It also features new 3D audio technology that re-creates stereoscopic sounds in all directions and changes in real-time depending on user’s head movement. Along with PlayStation Camera, Project Morpheus works with DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controller and PlayStation Move to deliver an easy-to-use, plug-and-play VR experience.

Sony is also planning to release a preview version of software development kit (SDK) for developers, who are enthusiastic about virtual reality. Several foreign companies have already started working on different applications and games for this device including Unity, Havok, Wwise, Gigantic, Autodesk Gameware, Criware, DDD, Silicon Studio, Epic Games, Bitsquid, and Crytek.

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