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.
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.