To go along with their newest console, Sony is working on “Project Morpheus,” a virtual reality headset. The headset was unveiled at GDC 2014 by Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios’ head, Shu Yoshida on Tuesday night.
The headset that was unveiled comes in two parts; one is the closed display and the other is the sensor. Sensors in the head unit are able to accurately track head orientation and movement, so the image of the virtual world in the headset will change as you turn your head.
The headset isn’t just set up for an optimal viewing experience. Project Morpheus will use Sony’s 3D audio technology that will recreate sound in all directions and can change based on how the user moves.
The headset will work with the Playstation Camera, Playstation Move and the Dualshock 4 wireless controllers.
On Sony’s blog, Yoshida explained that Sony has been working on virtual reality technology for at least three years now. The product that was revealed is the what has come from all that hard work. However, he emphasized that this is just a prototype. He notes that there is more work to be done. “This prototype will serve as the first development kit for PS4 developers that are as enthusiastic about this new medium as we are,” he wrote.
Sony now joins Oculus VR in the virtual reality game. Oculus VR announced their headset, Oculu Rift, in January at the Consumer Electronics show. Perhaps not to be forgotten or overlooked with Sony’s news, Oculus VR also announced an update to their developer version of the Rift today.