Sony unveils VR headset “Project Morpheus”
With the Oculus Rift making VR popular, Sony Computer Entertainment has today revealed their prototype VR headset for the PlayStation 4, Project Morpheus, at the Game Developer Conference in San Francisco.
In the official announcement press release, Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) has given the following breakdown on the new piece of hardware.
Morpheus enables developers to create experiences that deliver a sense of presence – where players feel as though they are physically inside the virtual world of a game. Presence is like a window into another world that heightens the emotions gamers experience as they play. Morpheus features a visor style head-mounted display and works seamlessly with PlayStation Camera to deliver a unique VR experience right before the player’s eyes. SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES “PROJECT MORPHEUS” sensors built into the head mount unit and PlayStation Camera accurately track head orientation and movement so as the player’s head rotates, the image of the virtual world rotates naturally and intuitively in real-time. Furthermore, in supporting games, the player can use a PlayStation Move (PS Move) Motion Controller as an object, such as a sword. Morpheus will reproduce the player’s hands and sword within the game so the player feels like they are physically fighting off enemies with their sword in the virtual world.
The press release also talks about the headset’s audio technology
Morpheus adopts 3D audio technology uniquely developed by SCE. In addition to sounds coming from front, behind, left and right, Morpheus re-creates stereoscopic sounds heard from below and above the players, such as footsteps climbing up stairs below them, or engine noises of helicopters flying overhead. Sounds that players hear change in real-time depending on their head orientation, creating a highly realistic audio environment within an immersive 360-degree virtual world.
SCE has also released the specs for the Project Morpheus prototype:
|Component||Processor unit, head-mounted unit|
|Panel Size||5 inches|
|Panel Resolution||1920×RGB×1080 (960×RGB×1080 per eye)|
|Field of view||90 degrees|
|Connection interface||HDMI + USB|
|Function||3D audio, Social Screen|
Of course these specs aren’t final and of course subject to change, but have a potential 1080p VR experience does sound pretty nice.
For more information on Project Morpheus be sure to read Introducing: Project Morpheus on the PlayStation Blog.
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