Sony confirmed Project Morpheus during its “Driving the Future of Innovation” panel at GDC.
[pullquote]“Many of us at PlayStation have dreamed about VR and what it could mean for the games that we create” ~ Shuhei Yoshida [/pullquote]
Yoshida revealed that Sony has been working with virtual reality for at least four years. Here you can see Yoshida testing prototypes of the machine back in the autumn of 2010 and March 2011. According to Sony’s Research and Development head Dr. Richard Marks, the PlayStation 4’s virtual reality “is going to be pervasive, and what I mean by that is it’s going to be used for all sorts of things you might not think it would be used for.”
As an example, Sony has been working with NASA to create a Mars demo that lets you feel as if you’re actually standing on the surface of the glorious red planet.
NASA isn’t the only thing Sony is working with; Project Morpheus has some pretty big names backing it including Epic Games, Havok, Unity, Wwise, Gigantic, Autodesk, DDD, Criware, Silicon Studio, Bitsquid, Fmod, and Crytek.
Don’t expect games to be the only content you see on Morpheus. As demonstrated by the Mars demo, virtual reality can be used for virtual tourism and other media, but games will be the focus.
Morpheus will work with PlayStation Move, PlayStation Eye, and PlayStation 4. The device has not been finalized and is still a work in progress.
GDC attendees are able to get their hands on the device withe The Deep, EVE Valkyrie, The Castle, and Thief.
You can find more information on Project Morpheus here.
In this update you can expect the following features:
- A rich video editor with a simple tool to personalize your video clips.
- You’ll also be able to export to and save the videos and screenshots you create by pressing the SHARE button to a USB drive.
- In addition, this update will add an HDCP off option for capturing gameplay via HDMI.
- There is a lot more coming in this update as well, things that are said will be exciting to PlayStation gamers.