Project Morpheus (virtual reality)
A man demos Project Morpheus at 2014's Game Developers Conference.
|Manufacturer||Sony Computer Entertainment|
|Resolution||1920×1080 (960×1080 per eye)|
|Refresh Rate||120 Hz|
|Release Date||Q1 2016|
Project Morpheus is the codename for an upcoming virtual reality headset produced by Sony Computer Entertainment. It is designed to be fully functional with the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game systems. It is currently a prototype and has no confirmed release date, although Sony say it will be released in the first half of 2016.
The prototype revealed at GDC'15 included an OLED 1920x1080 display (providing 960x1080 per eye) with an RGB subpixel matrix, and will be capable of displaying content at 120fps. It features a high FOV, 6DOF head-tracking, stereoscopic 3D, and unwarped output to a TV for others to view what the user sees.
Sony's interest in head-mounted technology dates back to the 1990s. Its first commercial unit, the Glasstron, was released in 1997. In early 2014, Sony Computer Entertainment research and development engineer Anton Mikhailov said his team had been working on Project Morpheus for more than three years. The PlayStation 3 Move peripheral, itself revealed in June 2009, was designed with unspecified, future head-mounted technology in mind. "[W]e specced it and built it to be a VR controller, even though VR wasn’t a commodity. As engineers, we just said it was the right thing to do. [...] At the time, we didn’t have a consumer-grade project that we could work on, but it was definitely designed with that vision in mind."
Project Morpheus was first announced at The 2014 Game Developers Conference. Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida introduced the device on March 18, 2014 and stated Project Morpheus was "the next innovation from PlayStation that will [shape] the future of games."
Project Morpheus was first demonstrated on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, playing The Castle and as a playable concept during E3 2014. The device was also featured at Sony's PlayStation Experience Expo in Las Vegas, NV in December 2014. Sony announced new information regarding Project Morpheus at the 2015 Game Developers Conference, in line with the official schedule posted on their website and released updated specifications.
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