Sony Announces “Project Morpheus” HMD

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Sony has announced its own head-mounted display for the PlayStation 4, dubbed “Project Morpheus” and finally heralding the arrival of VR on mainstream consoles.

Sony’s experience developing consumer HMDs actually stretches back further than the current main contender – Oculus Rift – and they claim, perhaps even plausibly, to have been working on the latest project for over 3 years:

Our current prototype for Project Morpheus features a head mounted display with 1080p resolution and a 90 degree field of view.

Accelerometer and gyroscope sensors built into the head mounted unit as well as PlayStation Camera accurately tracks head orientation and movement, so as your head rotates, the image of the virtual world rotates intuitively in real-time.

Project Morpheus also features our new 3D audio technology that re-creates stereoscopic sounds in all directions and changes in real-time depending on your head orientation. In addition to PlayStation Camera, Project Morpheus works with DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controller and PlayStation Move to deliver an easy-to-use, plug-and-play VR experience.

The prototype for Project Morpheus is the culmination of our work over the last 3+ years as we’ve refined our vision for VR. This prototype will serve as the first development kit for PS4 developers that are as enthusiastic about this new medium as we are.

Not to be outdone, Oculus Rift has also finally started accepting orders for version 2 of its “dev kit” HMD (due to ship in July), although there is still no firm date on the final release of the consumer version – though by all accounts the dev kit is already a formidable product and boasts some fairly impressive PC game support.

As if that were not enough, Microsoft is now also rumoured to be working on an Xbox HMD provisionally dubbed “Fortaleza,” having decided the console still needs to be able to manage actual games as well as TV.


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    Comment by Anonymous
    13:58 20/03/2014 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Hahahaha!

    Robots are becoming better,VR is getting stronger.

    Soon we shall be free from the shackles of 3D women!

    The patience that those who have became Wizards will finally be granted!

    Glory to us!

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:18 20/03/2014 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Don't forget your Power Glove.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:53 21/03/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    For epic fisting!

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:06 21/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Or Virtual Wanking. Face it, even the polygonal ones will stay away from most guys here.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:05 21/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's so bad!

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:55 20/03/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    We Are VR! VR TROOPERS!

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    Comment by Erranty
    20:07 20/03/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Because Beetle Borgs weren't a bad enough rip-off of Kamen Rider...

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:01 21/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    You guys are seriously dating yourselves. I think we can use a little Mystic Knights as well :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:20 23/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    hahahahahahaha dude i nearly forget that sound, it was the only thing that actually liked from that show

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:02 20/03/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Lmao!! Glory to us wizards.

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    Comment by Dark Mage
    04:17 21/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I always thought when they said technology would destroy humanity it would be via robots turning on us.
    It seems in stead being eaten by a T-rex humanity will be nibbled to death by ducks.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:29 21/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Humans will stop reproducing because every need and desire will be fulfilled by machines BETTER than the real thing. Why have sex with a women when they lolicatgirl feels infinite better? Why subject itself to the pain of giving birth when android sons and daughters are much better? In the end mankind will be reduced to a bunch of hippies and religious fanatics who refused to give up to maximum pleasure while machines will dominate the world.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:13 21/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Of course it's no short-term solution.

    Still, a girl who keeps on slowly growing more and more beautiful (or as you ever wanted her to be) over time, is preferable to any random stationary/unchanging doll.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:46 21/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    people think about genetic engineering as short term solutions really don't understand genetic engineering. an organism is the end result of genetic expression. meaning what you see is a completed expression. to change this expression, you need mitosis and time. in your example, to make your girl beautiful, you can give her gene therapy, but she will not change over night. she will however grow more and more beautiful in the span of 7 years. Even with newer and better techniques, there is a minimum safety time delay threshold that you cannot cross.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:44 21/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    @10:13

    U changing doll? Don't make me laugh! Customize her to look anyway you want! Depending on how much the technology advance you could make everything 08:20 said in minutes instead of waiting 10 years.

    Also you can't make many drastic changes once she is adult. With machines you can change everything including the whole body or mind!

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:20 21/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, the future's in genetic engineering: craft the woman of your dreams!

    - your girl whines too much? just modify a few genes here'n'there and she will stop.

    - she looks ugly? make her look better by copy-pasting into her the DNA of your choice from an exclusive selection of all currently best models around.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:07 21/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    don't worry, hippies and naturists will always exist... unfortunately they will be the ones to inherit the earth.. the humble ones and all I guess.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:07 21/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Does this remind anyone else of Virtual Boy?

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:25 21/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Calm the fuck down, dude. It's just another piece of plastic destined for Chinese landfill.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:48 21/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Great! And we can be spare from your stupidly as you don't be laying egg!

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:53 21/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    True magecraft is nigh!

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:57 21/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Are you really that stupid?

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:50 20/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    and once AI comes to fruition they'll be sentient too :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:48 20/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Then they will be smart enough to know not to come near you

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:33 21/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Then it all starts all over again...

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:43 20/03/2014 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    time for major motion sickness.

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    Comment by Erranty
    20:03 20/03/2014 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Yeah, and eye strain. Didn't they learn from the 90's that in order for it to work right you'd need it customized the same way they do glasses?

    Eyes are off-set and usually focus on a single image at a distance of at least 4 inches from them.

    It's gonna be like the 3DS's "Don't use for longer than 15 minutes at a time" issue.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:56 21/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I've almost used the 3DS for 15 hours straight once, give or take a few breaks. 3D always on.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:59 21/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, they did learn, which is why VR is suddenly getting a resurgence. Consumer price range parts did not allow for the high resolution, high refresh rate displays and low latency head tracking until the last few years of the smart phone industry ramping up production. The latest Occulus Rift model and the Sony model discussed above have basically eliminated all the former problems.

    I wouldn't be surprised if there are edge cases with such bad eyesight they still can't use them, but even people who previously had motion sickness or got massive headaches said the latest versions worked great. I wouldn't write it off until it's out and you have a chance to try it somewhere.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:44 20/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    do your research japfags. The optics will be adjustable with a very easy set of instructions. And they already got the motion sickness taken care of long ago.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:34 20/03/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Not too sure about that 90 FOV.

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    Comment by Helldiver501
    15:26 20/03/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "Our current prototype for Project Morpheus..."

    Comment by Anonymous

    STFU, XBOT!!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:50 20/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    An xbot would've been fine with 55fps... same with the playstation fanboys. 90 FOV is the bare minimum for a PC game with the monitor sitting a bit away from you, now stick that monitor to your face and you will wish it was slightly higher.

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    Comment by Fresh Start!
    13:53 20/03/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    FINALLY!!! I can enter Sword Art Online!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:58 20/03/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Hopefully, without being stuck in a life-or-death game in which the only way to get out is to beat the game, or have your conscience held by some crazy prick that calls himself the fairy king.

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    Comment by Fresh Start!
    14:19 20/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    WTF, but I LOVE adventure in mysterious world surround by creatures that want to kill me but are too under-leveled to defeat me!! I'm also feeling suicidal, so that should be enough.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:31 21/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    @4:24 did you know that Sony have a patent to induce sensations by stimulating the brain via ultrasound?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:24 21/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    If u play horror games with these, u might accidently knock the HMD off ur face or something. Maybe kick a few wires around the room by accident. Also, If they made SAO for this, it wouldn't really be as good as SAO in the anime since it's basically a screen right in front of ur eyes, not you being in a fake body in a new world.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:16 20/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    VR Roguelike with randomly generated dungeons for thousands upon thousands of floors until you crack under the pressure and isolation.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:11 20/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Horror game, on the VR oh wait it was already done on the Oc Rift

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:04 21/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually, I'd expect someone to make .hack's The World MMO in the very near future if adoption takes off in any significant numbers. The World was just a VR helmet like this or the Occulus Rift with headphones and a controller. Sword Art Online requires sensory replacement and mental controls. Of course at that point we'll probably wipe ourselves out as a species hiding in VR because real life sucks.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:56 21/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Are you really that naive?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:11 20/03/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Virtual Reality is finally upon us guys, forget the real world.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:59 20/03/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Welcome to "The World"

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:00 20/03/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Za Waarudo E Youkoso

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:43 20/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    How I wish that CC would finally make an online game of .hack :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:22 20/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    screw that noise i know how that one ends /logsout

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    Comment by Fresh Start!
    14:18 20/03/2014 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Interactive porn?

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:50 20/03/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    As someone with a Rift dev kit, it's been done. I enjoy my little kijou sessions with Miku

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:14 20/03/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    "I enjoy my little kaiju sessions with Miku"

    That would have been more interesting....

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:14 20/03/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    digital lolis will still have digital rights

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    Comment by Dark Mage
    04:18 21/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yah and hackers will remove them and seed the torrents.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:10 20/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think they were too late to the party of the VR field.. unfortunately... As much as I dislike Sony and Microsoft together, if Sony took the edge and completely developed project morephus alongside the PS4 they would of had a winner but I think in the end you be only be able to play PS2 games on it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:18 20/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    pffft most of the world lives in a mass media driven virtual reality right now anyway.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:55 21/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Are you retarded? Serious question.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:17 21/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Are you? Don't take everything so seriously.






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