Virtual reality (hereafter referred to as VR) has been on the tip of the industry’s tongue recently, but not for a good reason – with the announcement of Facebook’s purchase of Oculus Rift developers and Kickstarter success story, Oculus VR, it seemed as though all hope of a independent, by-players-for-players virtual reality tool had suddenly dissipated.
But there may be a light at the end of this tunnel: Sony’s Project Morpheus, a new VR headset for the PlayStation 4. While this VR headset has a much more limited audience than the Oculus Rift, confined as it is to the PS4, it represents an opportunity lost with the Oculus VR acquisition – that of VR dedicated to the gaming community. Officially unveiled at GDC, Morpheus lacks a launch date as of yet, but it seems to be off on a promising start and may become the platform for indie developers that the Oculus Rift was intended to be. However, some in the industry are unsure of Morpheus’ quality compared to the Rift and hesitant to expect developers’ kits any time soon – tools which have been available to Rift’s Kickstarter funders for months. Sony’s headset is still very much in prototype phase, though, and it seems as though Sony is keen to widen the Morpheus’ range, leaving them with plenty of opportunity to catch up to (and surpass?) the Rift.
Most importantly, you can now make your own judgements of Morpheus’ potential – Sony has released the hour-long video presentation and hands-on video demo of Project Morpheus from GDC, both of which can be viewed below.
Do you think Project Morpheus is now the last hope for VR’s future in gaming? Let us know in the comments!