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Project Morpheus Endeavor: Sony Really Isn't Playing Around

Sony is putting a lot of time and money into their new virtual reality initiative, but that's simply because they believe in it.

In a new interview with The Guardian, Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House talked about the "significant" investment in their Project Morpheus VR project, and he said it could represent the "next frontier" for games. In other words, Sony isn't just dancing around the idea; as House confirmed, this is "more than an experiment."

House said he believes they've got the necessary technology to trick your brain into believing the fiction:

"We do now think that we can get to this point of delivering a magical sense of presence--where your brain tricks you into thinking you're actually in this place. We think there's something there that could be really, really interesting for a next frontier of game development."

As for whether or not Morpheus has mass market potential, House admitted he wasn't sure, but it's still going to be "another really interesting advance for the PS4 ecosystem and another way to deliver brand new experiences." He added that developers have been "passionate" about making VR games, and Sony was inspired by the Oculus Rift project to tap into that interest:

"With Oculus we saw this groundswell of game development that didn't necessarily have a monetizable or a business option, but [developers were] so passionate about this space that they were doing this essentially in their spare time. It struck that me that if there's a variety of game developers showing interest in this space then it's probably time to jump in and see if we can play a part and give them the tools they're looking for."

Do you believe VR will become the future of gaming?

Tags: project morpheus, ps4 virtual reality, ps4 vr, sony virtual reality

7/7/2014 11:14:07 AM Ben Dutka

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Monday, July 07, 2014 @ 11:36:34 AM


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Monday, July 07, 2014 @ 12:37:18 PM

I don't trust any form of media like television, movies, or games, so I won't give someone the chance to get that close to my brain with any type of device. The technology is pretty cool, but just not for me.

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Monday, July 07, 2014 @ 2:39:24 PM

I'll just say I'm changing my opinion, it won't be just another peripheral, it will probably be the base entrance point to some better future that makes VR an optional and awesome part of gaming and other parts of digital life.

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Monday, July 07, 2014 @ 3:35:46 PM

They were not afraid of admitting some of the obstacles in the way at last spring's GDC. Level designers are going to have tread carefully on some little things hear and there. Doors can feel disproportional in the VR if they use the same ones as the non VR level for example.

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Monday, July 07, 2014 @ 4:51:45 PM

All those things need fixing in 2D gaming too, drives me nuts in FPS when dimensions are wrong

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Monday, July 07, 2014 @ 3:45:01 PM


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Monday, July 07, 2014 @ 3:46:48 PM

Oh yes. Nuff said.

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Monday, July 07, 2014 @ 4:27:50 PM

They may believe that but I sure don't. This will not replace TVs.

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Monday, July 07, 2014 @ 7:10:10 PM

I tried VR at the game of thrones exhibition here in Sydney and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It really did feel like you were there (but perhaps that's because there were external factors contributing to the immersion like the ground you stood on actually shook and wind was blown in your face). I can really see the potential and I'm excited to see what sort of games developers can give.

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Monday, July 07, 2014 @ 7:11:54 PM

I'm not sure yet whether I want this to be the entire future of gaming. However, I'm extremely excited (and rather impatient currently) for this to finally be out and readily available. I've been holding a controller in my hands playing the same games (taking out the online social experience, which has changed everything) for my entire life. I'm excited to do something different.

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Tuesday, July 08, 2014 @ 7:39:57 AM

absolutely VR is the future of gaming!
i really hope $ony is putting their full weight behind this and not their usual crap, chucking some cheap crap together and slapping a premium price on it like their vaio laptops and headphones.
hell even their new ZX1 "high res audio" walkman player is not technically high res the specifications for high res one of the requirements, the SNR is not high enough to be considered high res.
its like calling a 720P TV full HD, its not!
but thats just $ony, charging premium prices for cheap crap.
really premium prices, i mean the astel and kern AK120 sounds WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY better and has a much higher SNR its proper HRA and its only 500 bucks instead of $onys overpriced crap ZX1 which is 700!
same thing with their headphones, XBA-H3 suppose to be the best headphones, 600 bucks they are but they sound crap!
my 500 buck shures & 600 buck ultrastone IQs sound 10x better!

so if there going to do VR justice properly than good, but if theer going to do their usual crap cheap sh*t with a premium price slapped on then please scrap it, dont mar the VR name.
theres already enough skeptics for VR, we dont need some company creating a crap PoS then people try it and say yup this is why i said ill believe it when i see it, the experience is still crap.

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