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Sony's virtual reality headset really heading to your PlayStation

WOCHit released its video report Wednesday, March 19, 2014 about Sony's virtual reality headset - Project Morpheus. The VR headset is being developed for your PlayStation. That is correct - the Morpheus VR headset won't be playing with your PlayStation today. The Morpheus is scheduled for "a future launch date". No word has been given on the timing. Also, the new device is actually a part of the Sony Computer Entertainment group lineup. Shuhei Yoshida, President SCE Worldwide Studios, explains they are expanding "the boundaries of play". You can really interact with the device at the San Francisco Game Developer's Conference.

Sony's previously released head mounted display. 2014 International CES at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 7, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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The GDC is already in play but the Morpheus demo starts this March 19 and runs through March 21, 2014. No word given on future demo event dates for the Sony Morpheus virtual reality headset. One photo/image of the Morpheus headset has been released so far - it appears to be a very well-rounded device. The overused terms "unique" and "futuristic" do appear to apply to the device and its design. The device specifications are limited and 'subject to change'. The component is really described as a head-mounted processing unit for PlayStation.

The display in the Morpheus virtual reality headset is an LCD type. Only one dimension is cited for the panel size - 5 inches. The panel resolution is given as 1920 x RGB x 1980. (Resolution per eye is given as 960 x RGB x 1980.) The component has a 90 degree field of view. It has only two (given) sensors - an accelerometer and a gyroscope. It connects via HDMI + USB. Sony also lists the headset Function as "3D audio, Social Screen." The now standard specifications and design have really been combined by SCE to produce this future standard VR headset. The standard is likely to apply only to the PlayStation.

The headset marketing promises to immerse the gamer in a 360° alternate world. What will the price of the Sony Morpheus virtual reality headset be? Well, Sony currently sells a wearable HD 2D/3D TV headset that is priced at about $1000. Of course, that is a totally different functional device - and nobody is probably going to give up that much to connect with a $400 PlayStation 4. Will the Morpheus VR headset be compatible with other versions of PlayStation? That connection with the add-on virtual reality headset is unknown.

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