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Sony Providing ‘An Update’ on Project Morpheus at GDC 2015

The 2014 Game Developers Conference (GDC) was a significant event for the virtual reality (VR) industry. Not only did Oculus VR reveal the second development kit (DK2) for its Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) but Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) announced its Project Morpheus HMD for PlayStation 4. In the year that’s followed there has been little new information about the device other than a handful of new videogame announcements. That said, it appears as if the company will be bringing Project Morpheus back to GDC 2015 to at least some degree, providing fans with ‘An Update’ on the device.

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SCE has recently scheduled a new GDC 2015 developer session titled ‘Developing for Project Morpheus: An Update from Sony’. The session will be hosted by SCE Senior Staff Engineer Chris Norden, Senior Game Designer Jed Ashforth and Senior Producer Nicolas Ducet. It’s set to discuss updates on the technology since its GDC 2014 reveal presentation and give developers ‘new information’ about developing VR on PlayStation 4. Videogame design, using PlayStation peripherals and social experiences will all be discussed during the event.

“Attendees will gain an understanding of the new and novel experiences that can be created when working with Virtual Reality on the PlayStation platform,” the official description for the event reads. “This should enable developers to design VR game features and mechanics that embrace the unique opportunities available with the PlayStation ecosystem.” The session will take place at 12:30 PST on March 4th in Room 2014 of San Francisco’s Moscone Centre in which GDC runs. The event itself runs from 2nd – 6th March.

Project Morpheus was introduced last year as very much a work-in-progress. The kit features a 1080p LCD display as well as positional tracking made possible with the PlayStation 4’s camera. Project Morpheus is a codename for the device while SCE decides if and when it will be brought to market. VRFocus will be at GDC 2015 to bring you all of the latest on Project Morpheus and all other VR news.

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  1. It certainly sounds promising but I no longer think they will reveal the PS VR at GDC.
    I think they will copy the PS4 reveal, by that I mean 1. show the retail VR and and reveal the price 2. reveal the release date at gamescom.

  2. I really hope Project Morpheus is nearly as good as Oculus otherwise I’m gonna have to go PC. And I don’t want the hassle of that. Maybe I should anyway, because, well, have you seen Elite Dangerous? Wow!

  3. Oculus Rift is going to be better and it supports the PC which will be around for a long time, while the PS4 will be gone 5 years from now.

    I wouldn’t buy Morpheus.

    HoloLens is a Windows 10 device so it will be well supported now and well into the future and it’s going to be groundbreaking and it’s going to sell a lot more than Morpheus.

    1. Hololens is a completely different device to Morpheus, one is VR and one is AR.

      Both devices will have successors with higher resolutions and better sensors and fast processing, but as long as the standards stay the same, theres no reason both devices cant be carried over to PS5 and Windows 11, allowing users to upgrade when they are ready.

      1. Both devices will have successors with higher resolutions and better sensors and fast processing, but as long as the standards stay the same, yes HoloLens is more AR, but its a combination of AR and VR, its just not an ordinary AR device. There wont be a Windows 11. The future for Microsoft Windows is just Windows 10 with rapid monthly and yearly big updates. For sony wont be surprised about both devices carried over to successors, yes allowing users to upgrade when they are ready, so Hololens is upgrade ready since it runs Windows 10 tailored for the device, they are still wearable headsets, but Hololens is catered in another category of tech. Oculus Rift is going to be better and it supports the PC which will be around for a long time than Morpheus, while the PS4 will be gone be upgraded to a successor 5 years from now.

        I wouldn’t buy Morpheus personally, Its a little cool techy device but…..
        Its one up for Oculus Rift and HoloLens for different audiences. One, Hololens will surpass Morpheus in sales because of its portability, no wires and how its designed to be a computer without components around you, just wirelessly and developers support, it has app store support that can run any “universal app from 8.1 and Windows 10 and games and soon stream xbox one games, interacting with xbox one experiences of apps and gaming and other devices such as mobiles and tablets and internet of things and its more interactive with visible objects and less nausea than Morpheus .
        Yes, again HoloLens is a Windows 10 device so it will be well supported now and well into the future and it’s going to be ground-breaking and it’s going to sell a lot more than Morpheus. Don’t get me wrong about Morpheus, however, I don’t see potential over the competition, its more of a “me-too” AR device trying to compete with Oculus Rift which has way more developer support backing, and more platform support than this Proprietary device only supports PS4 consoles. However I agree partially of some of the things you pointed out Jon.

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