It was almost one year ago that Sony took to the stage at GDC 2014 to reveal Project Morpheus, their answer to the virtual reality headset question. The VR headset, while still in an early prototype stage, showed a lot of promise, and when we were finally able to go hands-on (heads-on?) with it at E3 (read our preview) our enthusiasm for the tech only grew.
Since those two public showings, Sony has kept relatively quiet. They’ve not removed Project Morpheus from the VR conversation completely, mind you, but the PS4 manufacturer has not taken any big leaps with the tech either.
That should all change at this year’s GDC, however, when Sony dedicates a four-hour event to Project Morpheus. It actually seems fitting that Sony follow-up their announcement of the VR headset at GDC 2014 with a closer look at GDC 2015.
So far, details are fairly slim regarding the four-hour showcase, but most hope that Sony will have more to say about the headset’s technology and how it has improved over the last 12 months or so. Just like each Oculus Rift prototype debuted with new bells and whistles, like a tracking device or built in audio, we expect (or at the very least hope) that Project Morpheus will make the trip to GDC with a few more tricks up its sleeve.
The event will also hopefully shed more light on a Project Morpheus price or release date, if only to prepare gamers’ wallets. Last we had heard Sony was still unsure if they wanted to bring Project Morpheus to market, despite development being 85% complete. They were testing to see if the tech was viable and if developers were interested, but Sony has put forth no guarantees with regards to a retail version of the headset. It’s why they still refer to it as Project Morpheus.
Then again, that could all change come GDC in March. We may see Sony finally commit to the VR market and introduce some new headset features that push the tech forward.
While Sony was only a casual observer where VR was concerned a few years ago, they have since tried to make major plays to enter that space. But even then without a notable challenger on console, there was never the impetus to bring something to retail. However, now that Microsoft has revealed their Hololens project, it’s become more imperative that Sony save face for the time being.
Look for more details coming out of GDC 2015 in early March, including details from Sony’s Project Morpheus, right here at Game Rant.
What do you hope to see from this second major Project Morpheus event? Will the tech ever come to market?