Sony's Project Morpheus vs. Facebook's Oculus Rift: Tech Comparison

VRFocus - Up until last week the advent of virtual reality (VR) technology was a kind of one horse race. Oculus VR's Oculus Rift has undoubtedly spent the last few years in the spotlight as the de facto standard in VR videogaming. Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) had a thing or two to say about that when it lifted the lid on its own VR headset, Project Morpheus, at the Game Developers Conference last week.

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Eonjay940d ago (Edited 940d ago )

The thing that people don't realize is that the Rift will probably be subsidized through ads but will end up being dirt cheap. Now, that being said, what type of revenue stream are developers expecting offering their games on Facebook. Facebook will not be subsidizing AAA game development. So, the game content on the Rift will be limited to independent development and small scale studios that can charge next to nothing for their content, or offer free content subbed by ads. This is the future of the Rift and we all know it.

Edit: Its easy to predict because all we have to do is look at Facebook's current business model.

mewhy32940d ago

Well I guess Carmack will be making farming sims now LOL.

Ripsta7th940d ago

I believe Carmack left because he wasn't allowed to play around with the Oculus rift. Pls correct me if iI'm wrong though


Now that Oculus Rift is officially dead, all eyes are turned "IN" (not on lol) PS4 Morpheus.

UltimateMaster939d ago (Edited 939d ago )

Project Morpheus should use x9 motion sensors like on the PS Move rather than only 6 (accelerometers and gyroscopes) as seen on the Sixaxis and DS3 controller.

Audio is another important part it. I'm pretty sure the best way to experience it is with a headset. If the headset aren't included (like what both are now) then at least make it comfortable to put headsets on top of it.

The Weight can't be too heavy either, otherwise it'll make short gaming sessions.

ArbitorChief940d ago

Oculus have already said there will be no ads. There's no ads in Instantgram or WhatsApp and there Facebook products, stop assuming.

xTHEFIZZx940d ago

Oculus will say anything to subdue the massive amounts of disappointment right now. Facebook owns Oculus now. They are the ones to who get make the decisions now.

r1sh12940d ago (Edited 940d ago )

there are ads in instagram, but only in the USA.
WHen FB added the ads, there was a massive backlash - read some tech news.
Ads are coming:

Whatsapp has only just been purchased, but give it time, it wont be long before whatsapp is used to harvest all info for FB.

N311V939d ago

Facebook already said planned revenue from occulus will come from adds and microtransactions.

frostypants939d ago

WhatsApp has been a Facebook company for what? Weeks? Facebook didn't buy OR to not make money. If they can make money with ads, they will. That's what Facebook does. That's what Facebook always does.

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LexHazard79940d ago

No its not easy to predict! We dont know yet what FB plans are for VR! Also I dont know what to believe. You got both compa ies saying everything will keep going as planned but its obvious changes are coming. We just have to wait and see what they will be!

aliengmr939d ago

And if you are wrong about applying their current business model, which until now has been software based and not hardware based.

What happens if EA, Valve, etc. decides to make a AAA game with Rift support?

Who said Facebook was going to lock down the the Rift when they can easily make money licensing the hardware for anyone who wants to use it?

Seriously limiting VR to FB games and users makes no sense AT ALL. Especially considering that in order for it to be mainstream they have to get it in to the hands of as many people as possible.

And what market is ready right now to accept and buy VR?


Not FB gamers either.

VR has to become accepted by the broader audience and right now there is only one group ready to buy.

It will get much easier to predict after a few days and rational debate.

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Hellsvacancy940d ago (Edited 940d ago )

So Morpheus+ that'll come out 6-12 months after and will have OLED screens and cost £100 more, gotcha

It still really excites me, tech I will definitely be investing in, never owned a smartphone, in comparison my phones retarded

LexHazard79940d ago (Edited 940d ago )

What? I didnt see a release date or price! Where did you get that info?

Hellsvacancy940d ago (Edited 940d ago )

"Oculus VR has chosen an OLED display against Sony’s LCD panel. OLED technology is said to reduce latency for head-tracking for one thing, hence why Oculus VR replaced the LCD panel in its own DK1 set"

So in other words Sony will release a better version of Morpheus 6-12 later that'll probably have OLED screens

Am I not allowed to predict the future i'm appart of?

LexHazard79940d ago

Hey your allowed to predict whatever you like! And you can be part of whatever future you want. Lets hope you get to see it! Problem is your comment was full of certainty and not a prediction! Thats why I disagreed!

mark3214uk940d ago

There will be a Sims Vr game in the future

scott182940d ago

It makes me wonder if Sony will use project Morpheus for Home.

mark3214uk940d ago

im sure they mentioned home when they were talking about the vr the other day

i could be wrong tho it might of been a 3rd party speculating

LordDhampire940d ago

Well Oculus Rift was gonna blow morpheua out of the water, now Sony has no conpetetion...good for them I guess they made the right choice

Orange Juice940d ago

Here is the minecraft dudes opinion of the aquisition. If you are confused as to why gamers and devs arent happy about this then plz read.

Cryptcuzz939d ago

Let's tell Notch that Sony and Project Morpheous is for gaming and game developers alike!

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