Sony execs Richard Marks and Shuhei Yoshida explain why Sony is investing in virtual reality with Morpheus for PS4 in this exclusive interview from GDC 2015 in San Francisco.
Good interview. I hope that Sony will have some fully-fledged games for Morpheus rather than 'mini-games' like Sports Champions.
Gotta lov Shuhei, he is like a kid in a toy store. Its what makes him unique in the industry i think. Can't wait to jump into VR.
Morpheus is a dream come true. Our VR future is here!
VR isn't going to be any good for a long time, way to many problems to solve and you'll need some pretty hefty hardware to get the most out of it. To be honest I don't think it'll take off like some people are thinking.
There is some duality to that: I have no idea how a console will do VR. Unless the Morpheus has some kind of GPU/CPU within, I have no idea how they will get that fidelity. The other side of that, is of course the Pc crowd. Take a look at the Oculus Share site. It will blow your mind how far VR has come. Try a VR headset with the right apps and I guarantee you will change your tune. Media without VR is like looking through a window. VR is actually being there.
I just don't get how they'll get the movement down, seems like it'd be awkward moving your head around and trying to aim at something, especially with fast paced games. It looks like VR would excell with more on rail types of games and like you said its having the right apps that suit it, maybe I'm connecting it to the way we play games now to much. I'll try and stay open minded about VR, but I do still have my doubts. A few other things that they need to clear up on are the effects on your health, can it cause eye damage, will swinging your neck around with a headset on for hours cause long term damage, these are genuine concerns people are going to have with it.
But we're already seeing gorgeous games on both Oculus and Morpheus. And what problems? Those problems seem to be non-existent now with the latest builds of both devices. VR is going to be massive.
Great interview! My only gripe is that there wasn't enough footage of people playing the device, so you had to loop the little footage you had.
The light bar tracking tech is too slow and already obsolete. They are still trying to push ps move controllers along with Morpheous. The 1080p panel is too low resolution-wise for decent vr. Still no good apps and games announced. Ps4 doesn't deliver high enough fps for vr. I forsee this being a disaster on arrival. It's no where near the caliber of the HTC Vive.
I don't think anyone is delivering 4K on VR tech yet. (not that I know). If you are referring to Morpheus being LED vs. OLED for Oculus, they revised the latest Morpheus build to include OLED, so its on par with the best one out there which is Oculus. (I'm not sure where HTC is on this). As far as games/apps, they've been announcing a lot of games actually, its just that they aren't advertising them yet but if you follow VR news, the games are there. Also, the rumor is that the headset will include its own processor which means that if need be they can include a processor that, in conjunction with the PS4 will deliver the necessary FPS for VR. (the people who have tried the experience say that its on par with Oculus, and they don't have any major problems with PS4's capability to do VR otherwise it would be all over the internet by now) Also, as far as I know, HTC Vive is the new comer, personally i think its HTC that doesn't stand a chance against either Morpheus or Oculus (which seem to be the big boys in this arena)
Ok you bring up some good points..and im glad they ditched the led screen and went with a low persistence OLED. now let me address your inaccuracies. I never said anyone was bringing 4k vr to market yet, only that a single 1080p panel is not good enough for a convincing VR experience. I own an Oculus Rift DK2 which uses a 1080p OLED that Morpheous has. I can tell you first hand it's not consumer grade. Meanwhile the Vive sports two 1080x1200 OLED panels in portrait running at 90fps. A seperate processor if they did include one would only jack the price up even further. HTC Vive is not a newcomer. Valve has been working on VR for quite some time and their Steam VR beta mode has been accessible for a while too. Valve has all their ducks in a row and is launching first with superior tech in every regard. Sony has no chance if people experience Vive first IMO.
Really good comments from Mr. Yoshida and Mr. Marks. Looking at the Morpheus now just made me realize the overall design sort of resembles a visor.
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