Project Morpheus signals Sony’s entrance into the VR arms race

    
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Project Morpheus signals Sony’s entrance into the VR arms race

The Oculus Rift won’t be the only gaming headset that people will be talking about in the near future. Sony announced this week that its VR headset, currently named Project Morpheus, will be released sometime in the first half of 2016.

Project Morpheus will be used with the PlayStation 4 and features a 5.7-inch display and improved motion tracking. It will face steep competition from the growing VR arms race, however. Like the Rift (which is coming out this year), it will go up against headsets from HTC/Valve (the Vive) and Microsoft.

Among MMOs studios, CCP is perhaps the most involved with VR; at last year’s GDC, the studio announced that EVE Valkyrie, its upcoming EVE Online crossover title, will support both the Rift and Morpheus.

[Source: Gamasutra #1, Gamasutra #2]

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melissamcdon
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Rzar I tested it last night just to be sure I’m telling people straight.   Closed one eye and the other saw the VR space just as it should have, without any difference in the tracking or rendering or focus.    You don’t need two eyes for VR!

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eLdritchMD The OR has a bunch of content available…

https://share.oculus.com/

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scathson melissamcdon NO!  You can see VR without a problem.  it does NOT take two eyes and it is not a doubling trick like faux 3D seen in theaters and TVs.
I tried this last night just to be sure.   I closed one eye, and the other kept seeing the VR space just as it should have, tracking was not affected nor did the VR space fail to render as it should have for my one eye that was open.
You are NOT left out of VR just because you have one eye… like you were with digital 3D that was based upon stereoscopic vision.

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melissamcdon  i have one working eyeball – definiely left out of the game (otherwise would be be knee deep already)

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melissamcdon eLdritchMD Baron_Von_Rotten Golden_Girl yeah but those are cheap ass mobile apps for cheap ass mobile VR…

I’m talking about Oculus Rift, Project Morpheus and that Valve one that I just can’t remember the name of (seriously they should have paid some extra money to rename it SteamVR :P). Those will be a lot more expensive which means the games will have to be more than Minecraft VR to get people to spend that kind of cash on the headset…

I get it, it’s the cool new thing and I’m a bastard for not being excited about the cool new thing but I just don’t see how something that’s going to cost 200-400 $ and is not going to have any AAA games made for it is going to be successful with your average, casual gamer… I mean, I don’t even spend that much cash on a monitor and I HAVE to use that with my PC…

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Great. Thanks for the Info. I am super excited about VR and AR.

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eLdritchMD wolfyseyes 3D is better in a VR visor than it is wearing the polarized lens glasses

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eLdritchMD Baron_Von_Rotten Golden_Girl There are > 50 experiences for GearVR, and more for Cardboard.   Why would you say this is “potentially happening”?   Cause it already has.

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Rzar melissamcdon There is no need.   Each eye sees the entire VR space, so having one eye shouldn’t be a problem – like it was for 3D content.   VR will be different.   You’ll be able to head and eye track in the VR world with just one eye.

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Sinaptic if my Note 4 can give a really amazing, compelling experience with GearVR, I feel quite certain the PS4 and even a middle-road gaming PC can blow people’s minds