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Virtual Reality Is The Next Innovation: How PS4's Project Morpheus Shapes The Future

TSA writes: "Sony’s Virtual Reality headset reveal was a bit strange, a bit brave, and a bit incredible. Sony’s “next innovation” - a virtual reality headset for the PS4 by the name of Project Morpheus came almost from nowhere in a talk at GDC. No stream, but an Apple-esque reveal behind closed doors. We’ve heard rumblings of this for years, but didn’t expect such a final looking prototype – and it is still a prototype – this soon."

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-Alpha2307d ago (Edited 2307d ago )

I'm glad Sony called this a medium and not a peripheral. It's exactly the mindset they need for this.

Unlike the Move (for PS3 at least) which was mostly already done by Wii, Virtual Reality truly presents an untapped market for gamers and non-gamers alike.

Games will be great, but something like VR Tourism has massive potential to be the next Wii Sports craze, except it will be a true phenomena for the market.

Games are one thing, but this thing can sell demos, videos, movies, etc. and make serious bank. This is ideally everything people have dreamed of for VR, and I'm just happy to see it coming to fruition.

It's so hard to watch this go down and not be worried about it failing hard, but this has always been the ideal dream for gaming, and it will happen at one point or another.

WeAreLegion2307d ago

Absolutely. This is the next evolution of interactivity. Independent developers will push it even further, too. Just look at the things people are doing with Oculus. Sure, older games are adding support, but games designed around VR have huge potential! Being able to walk around the surface of Mars? Swimming through the ocean? I told my dad about the guy making Jerry's (Seinfeld) apartment and he's excited to try it! We are removing more limits every single day and VR will help us!

stuna12307d ago

What crazy about VR is we get to see it in our lifetime! The media of gaming has made leaps and bounds in alot of our lifetimes. From 1 pixel (Pong), too total immersion.

What made me intrigued about VR is when I first saw the Lawnmower man.

Gozer2306d ago

VR has never caught on despite years of companies trying to get it going. Would like to see it in action now. John Carmack saying not to get your hopes up, is a bad sign. Who knows though until they try it, ya know.It could be amazing now. Will just have to wait and see.

darthv722306d ago

VR has been something that has tried to appeal to the market before. But limited by cost and scope it never materialized outside of arcades and the movies (lawnmower man).

Seg and Atari even had nice prototypes of their respected VR headsets but those projects were scrapped due to cost and the possibility of low adoption rate to make the project justifiable.

3D had the chance to appeal to the masses but where it got off track was the influx of content that wasnt really taking advantage of the tech. There were more movies released with 3D as a crutch than as a benefit. it was usually those movies where there was already a lack of substance but the studios figured, hey lets do it in 3D and people will watch it anyway.

I dont want to see VR end up like 3D and become a quick cash in dumping ground for shovelware. I want sony to be strict with who gets approved for VR use. Yeah that may seem selfish but hey, this thing has got to build a strong reputation for quality not quantity.

starchild2307d ago

I completely agree I have been excited for VR for a long time and now with the Oculus Rift and Sony's VR headset it is gaining a significant amount of momentum.

Volkama2306d ago

This thing actually looks comfortable too, though the lack of any wires in the picture makes me wonder if it looks so comfortable in reality. The non-virtual kind of reality :)

Exciting time for gaming, can't wait to get my hands and eyes on these things in my own home.

XiSasukeUchiha2307d ago

Hell yes this future much better than Kinect or Move!

MasterCornholio2307d ago

Well its true. Many people want VR over motion controls.

Sharius2307d ago

he is right, i dont like motion control, not at all from any company, but i'm really excited for VR device like this

ThatOneGuyThere2307d ago

thing is, you're going to be able to use the move in tandem with this. meaning 3d sound, visuals, and input. its the complete package. rift has 3d visuals, and normal surround sound.

AD7052306d ago

Why do people get so butthurt when you bash kinect that worthless POS camera that promised us the future of gaming or a "revolution" and gave us nothing but a bunch of crappy wii sports, wii party, just dance knock offs that barely responded?

Gozer2306d ago

Kinect also allows me to control my entire entertainment center as simply as using my voice. Kinect allows me to put myself in a video using Upload Studio or Twitch. It also allows me to video chat with friends and family. Kinect is more than just motion controlled games.

AD7052306d ago

I can do that as well by simply pressing a few buttons on my controller. So what?

PrinceOfAllSaiyans2307d ago

According to Geoff dude developers said Morpheus stomps all over Oculus. I can't wait to see where this thing goes from here.

sorane2307d ago

Sounds nice until you realize developers only have the old 720p version of the rift. The 1080p 110 fov oled version of the rift, which has been much much improved, hasn't been made available to them yet.

ThatOneGuyThere2307d ago

Occulus went and screwed up. they should have a released a product a year ago. whats the point at this point? with the increasing popularity of the ps4, and decreasing popularity of PC gaming.. they missed the ship. porn is really the only thing that will save occulus at this point. Sony is going to beat them to market and with QUALITY games.

NeoTribe2306d ago

Occulus rift doesnt have the budget sony does to make it happen. Occulus is indy. Sony is forever.

sorane2306d ago

You two posters above me are clueless.

"with the increasing popularity of the ps4, and decreasing popularity of PC gaming"

hahaha that's not even close to the truth. PC gaming is getting more and more popular by the second. They even raised the money prediction from 22 billion to 25 billion from PC game software alone this year. How much does the PS4+PS3 make in a year from games? I'll tell you, a bit over 7 billion which is a fraction of PC gaming.

And neo unless you've been living under a rock you should already know that OR has made it happen. They have a superior product that will support resolutions higher than Sony could ever dream of, fovs beyond sonys, oled instead of the much worse lcd display, etc etc etc.

"Sony is forever."

I wouldn't be so sure about that. You obviously are too blinded by you fanboyism to realize the kind of trouble Sony is in these days. I'll be playing games on my PC long after the last Sony product is released and forgotten about.

kewlkat0072307d ago (Edited 2307d ago )

If this does not catch in, it is a risky move by sony..(No Pun)

BABYLEG2307d ago

Yea, people are really jealous.

if you think this is the future, then you may as well plug yourself into an internet socket

MasterCornholio2307d ago (Edited 2307d ago )

Xbox fans are already bashing the headset.

So yes people are jealous.

MightyNoX2307d ago

Kinect is last gen technology.

PS3and4_HAS_GAMES2306d ago (Edited 2306d ago )

Jealous of what? since you know so much.. why don't you tell us what the future of gaming is. Maybe you're the jealous one lol.

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