Sony Morpheus

The Sony Morpheus virtual reality headset, for the PlayStation 4, is set to launch in the first half of 2016, but how does to compare to the HTC Vive, which we took a look at last week.

 

For starters this is the first VR headset that you won’t mind being seen in. It has all of the trademarks of a futuristic visor and the single headband design with quick release button makes it easier to put on and take off.

 

Sony Morpheus VR headset

 

The band has also had careful ergonomics applied so that the weight of the VR headset is supported on the top of the head. This means there is no need to over-tighten the band, which could lead to discomfort across the face.

 

Breathtaking immersion

 

The Sony Morpheus allows you to place yourself in the centre of new worlds with a visor-style head-mounted display, which is still currently in development by Sony Computer Entertainment.

 

Aptly named as Project Morpheus, the VR headset works in conjunction with the PlayStation 4 in creating two sets of images, one for the TV and one for the headset. This means that everyone can get involved, even if multiple VR headsets aren’t available.

 

The wearer is further fooled into believing they are in another world by the 3D audio technology that creates sounds above, below and around the wearer.

 

The gaming portfolio, which currently stands at 30 games currently in development, will include first person shooters like you have never seen before. Hand-held gun prototypes give a 1:1 perspective with the displayed in the virtual world. This means that when you raise the gun it does so in the virtual world. Raise the gun to the eye and sharpshooting through the guns sight is possible.

 

First person shooter

 

It sounds exciting but just imagine what the experience of networked games will be like with their multi-player interaction!

 

The VR tech

 

The OLED 5.7 inch display has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and this expands the field of view with low persistence, so motion blurs will be a thing of the past. The screen refresh rate (120hz / 120 frames per second) exceeds that of the HTC Vive, so this really will be an experience to behold.

 

That super low latency has been reduced to 18ms, which is plenty quick enough to create a real sense of presence. There will also be super accurate 360 degree positional tracking.

 

Project Morpheus

 

Within the next year there will be three virtual reality headsets on the market; Sony Morpheus, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. But, maybe the safest bet for success is the Sony Morpheus as it is driven by an existing gaming console and therefore the programming language is stable, whereas the other two are PC/OS driven.

 

It seems like there is no doubt that VR is coming our way soon, but who is first and who is successful is yet to be decided.

 

Written by: Michael Brown

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