SAN FRANCISCO – Sony Corporation has announced its Project Morpheus Virtual Reality Headset, and the company expects it to launch in the first half of next year. While that means there is a lot of time between now, and when the device actually launches, it is worth noting that this is a definite early contender for the Best Virtual Reality Headset of 2016. The headset is expected to launch with PlayStation 4 and be launched with the mindset that it will function with PlayStation 4 exclusively. It might seem way too early to be claiming anyone will be the best at anything a year from now – Sony has made quite an appealing case for Morpheus, and what it will bring to the table.
First off, it features a 1080p OLED display that will function at 120 frames per second, and if that’s not enough Sony has even promised an insane 18 millisecond delay between when user’s actions are choreographed onto the screen they’re watching – which is very impressive. Overall, it is essentially twice as good in nearly every physical category as the next closest contender. The bigger picture here though is that many companies are now in the race for virtual reality dominance, despite the fact that few have seen commercial success.
Samsung, Facebook, and even HTC have come to the forefront when it comes to virtual reality headsets, but now Sony has taken the outright lead. While there have been other options that seem like they could be viable for gaining a significant place in the market – none have panned out the way Sony’s Morpheus seems capable of. The placement of Sony’s PlayStation seems to place the company even more in the middle of the conversation regarding the future of virtual reality – despite the stiff competition that seems to be brewing for dominance, or even just a place in the market.
The company pointed out, “Whether it’s Morpheus, Oculus Rift or Samsung Gear VR, an increasing number of people are looking at moving virtual reality from the realm of science fiction into our living rooms.” It is clear now that despite those poor sales so far, virtual reality does have a place in the market moving forward.