Listen up all you gamer out there! Sony has released a virtual reality system for its Playstation 4.
Project Morpheus, not to be confused with the fictional character in The Matrix franchise, is a VR system that can make players feel as though they have stepped into the virtual world of the video games they are playing.
The technology was announced by Shuhei Yoshida, President of SCE Worldwide Studios, at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.
“Virtual Reality or VR, is the next innovation from Playstation that may well shift the future of games,” Yoshida explained.
The current prototype for Project Morpheus features a headset with a 1080p display that gives users a 360 view of his/her surroundings while in the game-world
“The thing that really makes VR special is this feeling of being in another physical place. That place can be realistic place…it’s really that feeling of being somewhere else,” said Dr. Richard Marks, Research and development SCEA.
Project Morpheus is much like the Oculus Rift, which is another 3D display that gives a pretty convincing recreation of reality.
Morpheus is a visor style and interacts with a camera on the PS4 and has gyroscope sensors to track the players every move. Wherever you turn your head, in the game, that’s where you’ll look even if it’s physically behind you.
Sony’s VR system also features 3D audio technology that re-creates stereoscopic sounds in all directions and changes in real-time.
No word on pricing or a specific timetable on when the technology will be available in stores. The models coming out are just prototypes for developers.