Earlier this week Sony unveiled its Project Morpheus virtual reality (VR) headset for the PlayStation 4. It’s hour-long announcement served as an introduction to the device that was light on release details. Those details and more have now allegedly been leaked onto Reddit. One user has set up an account specifically to share details on Project Morpheus, which were apparently obtained from a source familiar with Sony’s operations.
The extensive post detailed many aspects of Project Morpheus, much of which suggested that the company is yet to finalise release plans. The pricing, for example, is said to be placed somewhere between $250 – $299 USD with a PlayStation 4 camera bundled inside. It was not revealed if this meant that there might be a cheaper version of the headset without the camera, which is needed to use the headset. Apparently Sony is considering upping the device from the current 1080p, 60fps model to a 1440p, 90fps one, with a price bump to $399. The focus on cost, however, is looking like it will dissuade the company from doing so.
A release date is also yet to be decided. According to the source, Sony is hoping to launch the headset before the end of fiscal year 2014, which ends on 31st March, 2015. The company had initially been targeting a Fall 2014 release, though it’s now likely to launch next year to give the console a little more breathing space and get indie developers on board. Even the name of the device isn’t locked down yet, though it was suggested that ‘View’ has been used internally, to liken the device to other Sony peripherals like Move.
As for videogames, the source suggested that a good number of Sony studios are working on VR, with experiences for The Last Of Us and God of War in development. There weren’t any details on either project, although God of War was shown in VR at the reveal event. That said, Naughty Dog has gone on record stating that it hasn’t decided if there will be another The Last Of Us yet, so take this with a pinch of salt. DriveClub is also mentionned, although Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida has recently started that developer Evolution Studios isn’t currently working with the tech.
Original titles are also in development, which Sony hopes to be the true proving grounds for the technology. Killzone developer Guerrilla Games is also reportedly working with the tech as Infamous developer Sucker Punch will be in the near future.
Apparently it’s Sony’s aim to make VR simple and accessible, with users just plugging in the set and playing. Sony teams are allegedly developing a VR-specific interface for PS4, as well as immersive experiences to broaden the appeal. Multiplayer was again touched on with the idea that one person uses the headset while others play on screen. One of the aims of the PS4 itself was to make VR mainstream, much like prevoius systems had done for CDs, DVDs and Blu-Ray. That said, the company doesn’t want to market it as essential to the PS4 experience, thus making the system overly-expensive. It wants to balance the two, making PS4 VR the place to go for those seeking rich, immersive experiences.
Just how much of this information, if any, is true remains unclear and likely remain so for some time. It’s possible that Sony will reveal plenty more about Project Morpheus at E3 2014 in June, although it might we a while longer before we get full release details. VRFocus will be following Project Morpheus every step of the way to bring you all the latest news.