In a Game Developers Conference presentation in San Francisco on March 18, Sony let the world know that they’re really into virtual reality. A headset display prototype dubbed Project Morpheus was revealed and its Sony’s new initiative to give the gaming industry a push towards the future. It’s still currently a prototype but is expected to continue development until its ready. Here are some specifications of the current developer kit that will probably blow your mind:
- Full 1080p HD display
- Over 90 degrees field of vision plus 360 vision
- 100 hertz of tracking
- Fully adjustable
- Works even with glasses on
- Three meter working volume
- Supports custom wireless headsets/headphones
But did you know that “Morpheus” isn’t a reference to The Matrix character, but the Greek god of dreams? It's okay, I didn’t know either until I read about it. Sony knows they are a direct competitor with Oculus VR’s Oculus Rift, a similar device. However, Sony believes their device will be the preferred medium to use and may be used for other applications in other industries. In fact, they even partnered with NASA to create a demo so people can feel like they’re walking on the surface of Mars.
Sony is quite ambitious as they dream of their device sitting by the coffee table, giving the user an opportunity to quickly take a break and go into “VR mode” with ease. Apparently auto-adjusting capabilities will be added in the future, which is pretty cool.VR is kind of exciting because a lot of new things have to be considered like 3D sound, higher resolution and frame rates, crisper images, and minimal lag or latency. Sony has been working on this project for over three years and have already made many partnerships along the way to bring their revolutionary device to light. They even had the God of War team develop a headset that would allow the user to “become” Kratos. Damn, that’s awesome!