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Picture of the Day: Sony Project Morpheus virtual reality headset

Sony Project Morpheus virtual reality handset

Sony’s Project Morpheus virtual reality handset

It’s only a prototype and no commercial release date has been given, but it’s Sony, and a virtual reality headset, so it’s caught Gadget Master’s beady gadget eye…

The PlayStation will be its natural home, believes Sony, obviously looking for next-gen inspiration on the gaming front – the prototype is intended to serve as the first development kit for PS4 developers.

On the PlayStation blog, Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony’s Worldwide Studios, writes:

I have long dreamed about VR and the possibilities it brings in regards to game development. This new technology will deliver a sense of presence, where you as the player actually feel like you’re inside the game and your emotions feel that much more real.

Our current prototype for Project Morpheus features a head mounted display with 1080p resolution and a 90 degree field of view. Accelerometer and gyroscope sensors built into the head mounted unit as well as PlayStation Camera accurately tracks head orientation and movement, so as your head rotates, the image of the virtual world rotates intuitively in real-time. Project Morpheus also features our new 3D audio technology that re-creates stereoscopic sounds in all directions and changes in real-time depending on your head orientation. In addition to PlayStation Camera, Project Morpheus works with DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controller and PlayStation Move to deliver an easy-to-use, plug-and-play VR experience.

Apparently Project Morpheus has been a work in progress for more than three years.

It will be on show this week at the games developer conference GDC 2014 at the SCEA booth, running a handful of technology demos.

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