The Japanese tech giant has announced its new project called Morpheus, which represents the new add on a virtual reality glasses made for their newest next gen console PlayStation 4.
The Sony VR glasses will cover 90 degrees of player’s field of view. The glasses are still considered to be a prototype, and there isn’t much useful data when about the project Morpehus, but it is expected that Sony is about to bring a kind of revolution to world of gaming.
Sony has said that it defined the development of the VR glasses into six basic principles which are eyesight, sound, motion detection, control, gameplay and content.
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. Inertial 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.
Sony’s VR glasses will use wireless technology, and the announced hardware data features full HD display with the field of view angle of 90 degrees. Sony also promised compatibility with other add ons including PS4 camera, DualShock 4 game pad and Move controller.
As expected the glasses are only made for the next gen console PlayStation 4, but there is a possibility that the japan manufacturer will allow other companies to connect this device with personal computers and other IT devices, such as smartphones.
Except for video gaming, Sony has plans to use this VR technology and glasses in other areas. It has already be announced that Sony and NASA are planning to sign a partnership, which will consist of using Sony VR glasses for simulation of walking on surface of Mars.
When it comes to compatibility with video games, Sony has demonstrated a demo version of the game The Deep, while support is also announced for the new installment in the Thief series and a new Sony exclusive EVE Valkyrie. It has also been said, that many other titles will receive support for Morpheus.
Nobody from Sony has specified when we can expect the VR glasses to be released, and what is the possible price for Morpheus, but as it is rumored that the completion will announce their models by the end of the year, we could probably expect the same thing from Sony.
|< Specifications of “Project Morpheus” Prototype >
||Processor unit, head-mounted unit
||1920xRGBx1080 (960xRGBx1080 per eye)
|Field of View
||HDMI + USB
||3D audio, Social Screen