The 2015 Game Developers Conference (GDC) might well be remembered as the true starting point for the virtual reality (VR) race. While Oculus VR brought its Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) to the show, Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) provided an impressive update on its Project Morpheus kit and Valve showcased the HTC Vive. Oculus VR is yet to comment on the latter of these two devices, but the company’s John Carmack recently tried Project Morpheus and seemingly came away impressed.
Carmack, the Chief Technology Officer at Oculus VR, revealed that Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) had let him into see Project Morpheus at GDC today. “Sony got me in to see Morpheus,” he recently revealed on Twitter, “the mini robots demo was delightful VR!” The demo that Carmack is referring to was announced as The Toybox earlier in the week. It was revealed alongside the new version of Project Morpheus and features the tiny robots that stared in The Playroom, the augmented reality (AR) launch title on PlayStation 4.
Earlier in the week Carmack hosted a talk named ‘The Dawn of Mobile VR’. During his speech, he revealed that Oculus VR will be going ‘full consumer’ with the next iteration of its Gear VR HMD.
The new version of Project Morpheus features a 5.7-inch OLED display that boasts a 120Hz refresh rate. It also contains a flipable front cover, allowing users to quickly peer back into the real world without the need of an external camera or removing the HMD itself. SCE confirmed that the design was ‘near final’ and the device would be launching for consumers in the first half of 2016. The company will continue to push Project Morpheus at events such as E3 2015 in June, promising to showcase new videogames for the kit and more.
VRFocus is at GDC this week to deliver all of the latest updates on VR technology. Keep checking back for interviews, hands-on impressions and more.