Sure enough as per our earlier report, it looks like Sony has officially announced their own virtual reality headset that they have designed for the Sony PlayStation 4 in mind. The headset was officially unveiled at GDC 2014 and has been given the codename Project Morpheus. As it stands the headset is currently a prototype and according to Sony, it has been the result of three years worth of work.
According to Sony’s president, Shuhei Yoshida, “Nothing delivers a feeling of immersion better than VR. VR has been a dream of many gamers since the computer was invented. Many of us at PlayStation have dreamed of VR and what it could mean to the gaming community.”
The headset is also expected to play nicely with the PlayStation camera peripheral as well as the PlayStation Move controller which we can only imagine will add to the immersive experience. Unfortunately Sony did not mention when we might be able to expect Project Morpheus to come out of prototype, but it seems that the image pictured above, as sleek and futuristic as it may look, isn’t even the device’s final design.
Sony envisions that the headset will be used for more than just gaming and has promised partnerships with groups such as NASA where the headset could be used towards an immersive scientific experience. This announcement by Sony essentially brings another virtual reality headset into the market, which at the moment is currently dominated by the Oculus Rift.
Granted both Sony and Oculus Rift’s offerings have yet to be released to the mass market, but as it stands the Oculus Rift is making great strides amongst the developer community and gamers who have backed its Kickstarter project. In fact if the rumors are to be believed, Microsoft could be looking to enter the virtual reality market as well, although when exactly will we see Microsoft’s efforts remains unknown. In the meantime what do you guys think of Sony’s efforts?