Based on the efforts we’ve seen from Oculus VR and Sony, and the interest shown by companies like Facebook in virtual reality, it would be safe to think that some believe that virtual reality could be the medium of gaming in the future. Oculus Rift had been dominating the scene for a while, until Sony stepped into the picture with Project Morpheus.
In a recent interview with the Guardian, Sony’s PlayStation chief, Andrew House, revealed that Sony had invested significantly into Morpheus, and viewed it more as a next-gen product rather than an experiment in gaming. According to House, “We do now think that we can get to this point of delivering a magical sense of presence – where your brain tricks you into thinking you’re actually in this place. We think there’s something there that could be really, really interesting for a next frontier of game development.”
However despite Sony’s efforts and investment into Morpheus, it seems that Sony themselves are still a little unsure about the mass market potential for such devices. “I don’t know, but I think that at the very least it’s going to be another really interesting advance for the PS4 ecosystem and another way to deliver brand new experiences. That’s what we’re all about.”
This echoed Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida statement earlier this year where he mentioned that virtual reality technology is still in its infancy stages, and that the efforts by both Sony and Oculus VR will help the the technology advance, but what do you guys think? Will devices like Morpheus and Oculus Rift be the next big thing in gaming, or are they just stepping stones that will open the door to something much bigger?