Sony Unveils Virtual Reality Technology for PS4 At GDC 2014

PS4 Virtual Reality Headset

The rumors have been swirling for months now: Sony is working on a virtual reality headset for the PlayStation 4. Some of you claimed these rumors were false, some held on hope that Sony would enter the field. We saw comments on top ranking Sony official about how virtual reality technology was the next big thing in gaming and we had a conference to watch for news from: GDC 2014.

The rumors were true, and Sony unveiled its virtual reality technology for the PlayStation 4 at GDC 2014, right on schedule.

Welcome Project Morpheus to the PlayStation accessory family.

Project Morpheus is a virtual reality headset, like the Oculus Rift, that will combine with the PlayStation Move and PlayStation Camera to give you an unparalleled virtual reality experience.

Here are some stats on the device:
• 1080p display that features a 90-degree field of view, a 1000hz display and 15mm eye relief
• Full 360-degree movement with over 60 virtual speakers built into the headset
• Support for forward prediction
• A headset jack with support for wireless headphones as well
• The ability to display video on the television

President of Sony Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida showed a brief demo of the technology as he took on the role of Kratos in God of War. "When I looked down, I saw my body was that of Kratos. That was an empowering experience." Yoshida mentioned.

What led to the creation of the device? Yoshida commented on that as well. "I have an enormous amount of respect for them, and we were inspired and encouraged by the enthusiastic reactions of developers and journalists who tried [the Oculus Rift]"

Currently, only a small amount of games are set to use Project Morpheus: EVE Valkyrie, a special version of Thief, The Castle, and The Deep. It's a given more games will support the device as it gets closer to release.

No release date or pricing information is available at this time.

Article by - Joshua Phillips
Insert Date: 3/19/2014

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