Japanese electronics giant Sony has just unveiled a new virtual reality headset. Named Morpheus, the device is expected to be assimilated by PlayStation 4 technology in less than two years time.
Apparently, Sony has already put three years in the development of Morpheus and announced today that it’s release date is set in early 2016. The Japanese company has designed a new screen, which has more mesmerizing graphics and the new headset seems to be a polished version of the prototype Sony exhibited last year.
Morpheus has a new screen that has a latency of 18 seconds, less than the 20 seconds needed by the brain to make the difference between real life and a graphic simulation.
The new headset was unveiled at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco. Sony believes that the new Virtual Reality gadget will shape the future of games. The company didn’t offer an estimate price for Morpheus.
The headset has a few innovative features. First of all, it has comfortable straps to hold the sides of the head, which make the experience of wearing it quite pleasant.
The latest version has a 5.7-inch, 1920 x 1080 OLED display, improved tracking and an output of 120 frames per second.
The new revamped design and the ability to push the screen off the right side of the face, in order to look at what’s happening in the real world instead of taking the device off altogether a other significant improvements to the Morpheus headset.
Sony also announced some financial results today, as the company just surpassed the $20 million mark in sales of it’s Play Station 4 video game console through March 1.
Virtual Reality seems to be the next big thing in the gaming industry, which is a $77 billion business. Last year, after Sony announced it’s plans with Morpheus, Facebook bought the company Oculus VR for an impressive $2.3 billion.
Samsung unveiled a similar device in Barcelona, during the Mobile World Congress. It’s called Gear VR.
Valve, the company that made the extremely popular Half-Life game series and the Steam online Store, will create, along with HTC, a Virtual Reality headset called Vive VR.
Virtual Reality is still a strange technology for the mainstream public, but Sony can link Morpheus to Play Station 4 and push it on a relatively skeptical market.
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