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Sony Unveils Project Morpheus for the PS4

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Virtual reality is the wave of the gaming future, and Sony Playstation is aiming to become the leader with their latest innovation, "Project Morpheus," coming to the PS4 system.

Project Morpheus, or “Morpheus” for short, is giving developers the ability to create experiences and deliver worlds that fully immerse the players, and make them feel like they’re actually inside the various gaming environments.

“At SCE we view innovation as an opportunity to build on our mission to push the boundaries of play,” said the president of SCE Worldwide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida. “Project Morpheus is the latest example of innovation from SCE and we’re looking forward to its continued development, and the games that will be created as development kits get into the hands of content creators.”

So what will Morpheus include? The visor-style head mounted display will work with PlayStation Camera to bring the viewers right into the game, states PlayStation. The player’s orientation and movement will be monitored by PlayStation Camera and inertial sensors, so when the player’s head moves, the world will intuitively rotate in real-time. Also, certain supporting games will allow players to use a PlayStation Move Motion Controller as an object, like a weapon, which is something any gamer has dreamed about.

The player’s aural experience will also be intuitive and natural, with sounds coming from front, back, left, right and stereoscopic sounds coming from below and above. The sounds will change depending on the movements of the player’s head, completing the immersive experience.

Polygon also adds that the headset, which should eventually have a 1080p resolution display and an over-90 degree field of view, will come equipped to support custom headphones that fit directly into the unit and, most importantly, motion sickness – a common problem with virtual reality headsets before Project Morpheus – has been reduced. This is great news if you’re one of those people who get sick in other immersive types of entertainment, like 3D films.

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