Sony Corp has finally given the world an update on Project Morpheus, the virtual reality headset it has been working on for quite a few years now. The PlayStation maker showed off a new prototype of the device yesterday at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.
Though the headset won’t be available to consumers until 2016, the president of worldwide studios for Sony computer entertainment, Shuhei Yoshida, said the device is close to the "final consumer product."
Virtual reality, amazing as it may be, is very hard to demonstrate. Despite companies like Google, Facebook, and Sony getting involved with virtual reality, you don't see company executives walking out on stage at press events with VR headsets on, demonstrating the latest and greatest in VR applications. Beyond the fact that they have to see where they're going, it's not exactly enthralling to see someone spinning their head around while watching a video of what they're seeing projected elsewhere.
Sony took the stage at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) Tuesday evening to show off the latest version of its virtual reality headset for the PlayStation 4, codenamed “Project Morpheus,” and share more details about its launch.
Facebook Inc’s (FB) Oculus team has partnered with Samsung Electronics Limited (SSNLF) to launch the latest gadget in the Virtual Reality (VR) space. At the IFA 2014 today, Samsung announced the Gear VR, a virtual reality headset with a removable front cover.
Sony's already way ahead of the competition when it comes to gaming. The company's PlayStation 4 console is the sales leader (by far) compared to Microsoft's Xbox One and Nintendo's Wii U. And Sony's PlayStation division is on the verge of a massive new addition to its popular game console: PlayStation VR.
Sony and Microsoft have long been at war. Not war over phones, televisions, or operating systems, but over video games. Sony's PlayStation and Microsoft's Xbox are over 10 years into a long-fought war for your attention and dollars. (Mostly your dollars). The next battle in this war will be virtual.
Sony is giving gamers another reason to pick the PS4 over the Xbox One. The company just announced a virtual reality headset for the next-gen console at this year's annual Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Called Project Morpheus, the black and white headpiece looks way slicker than the Oculus Rift virtual headset we've tried out in the past.