GDC: Sony Reveals Project Morpheus PlayStation 4 VR Headset
After many months of rumors and speculation, Sony has formally announced its virtual reality prototype for PlayStation 4, dubbed Project Morpheus. The head-mounted display features a white visor with a black wrap-around piece along the eye-line, and the edges of the device give off a blue LED glow. The prototype will be available for developers to begin creating games soon.
During the GDC 2014 presentation, PlayStation head Shuhei Yoshida spoke of how the gaming industry has changed over time, thanks to technological advancements. Virtual reality, he says, "may well shape the future of games," by increasing immersion with a sense of presence while playing. Yoshida showed the early development of the VR headset, beginning with a PlayStation Move literally duct-taped to a prototype.
"We believe Morpheus will further enhance the world of PlayStation 4 with seamless integration with PlayStation Camera, DualShock 4, and PS Move," said Yoshida.
Dr. Richard Marks, PlayStation research and development, was quick to point out VR capabilities will go beyond games, as well. One of the projects Marks is currently working on involves a virtual walk on the surface of Mars, in partnership with NASA