Sony Shows Off Updated Project Morpheus, Sets 2016 Release

/ Mar 4, 2015

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Sony’s given a semi-official launch date for its virtual reality headset, Project Morpheus, announcing at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco on Tuesday that it will come out in the first half of 2016.

The device that will become available to the public next year won’t look exactly like the original virtual reality hardware the company introduced at the same conference back in 2014. The device, which works with PlayStation 4, will have a larger screen (5.7 inches) and will run at 120 frames per second, both upgrades from the original design. The headset is also lighter than the original prototype, and it has a “headband,” as the company calls it, so as to let the tops of users’ heads support it (instead of their faces).

The technology lets viewers see and use “their own hands” in the virtual space, and nine tracking LEDs on the headset should make movement within the virtual words supported there much smoother. Perhaps it does in “London Heist,” a first-person shooter game that Sony debuted with the updated headset at the Game Developers Conference.

Though Sony noted that “there is more to come” regarding Project Morpheus in the PlayStation blog, they didn’t specify what other than that we’ll find out at the Electronic Entertainment Expo this June.

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