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Introducing Project Morpheus

Shu Yoshida's Avatar + Posted by Shu Yoshida on Mar 18, 2014 // President, SCE Worldwide Studios

Greetings from GDC 2014! Earlier this evening, I had the pleasure to introduce Project Morpheus, SCE’s prototype virtual reality (VR) system that works with PS4. Virtual reality is the next innovation from SCE that we believe will shape the future of games.

Project Morpheus - PS4

I have long dreamed about VR and the possibilities it brings in regards to game development. This new technology will deliver a sense of presence, where you as the player actually feel like you’re inside the game and your emotions feel that much more real.

Our current prototype for Project Morpheus features a head mounted display with 1080p resolution and a 90 degree field of view. Accelerometer and gyroscope sensors built into the head mounted unit as well as PlayStation Camera accurately tracks head orientation and movement, so as your head rotates, the image of the virtual world rotates intuitively in real-time. Project Morpheus also features our new 3D audio technology that re-creates stereoscopic sounds in all directions and changes in real-time depending on your head orientation. In addition to PlayStation Camera, Project Morpheus works with DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controller and PlayStation Move to deliver an easy-to-use, plug-and-play VR experience.

The prototype for Project Morpheus is the culmination of our work over the last 3+ years as we’ve refined our vision for VR. This prototype will serve as the first development kit for PS4 developers that are as enthusiastic about this new medium as we are.

At GDC 2014 this week, attendees will be able to check out Project Morpheus in action at the SCEA booth through a handful of technology demos.

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+ CONTOM-X on March 18th, 2014 at 6:55 pm said:

Any estimate of a price range?


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    + Shu Yoshida on March 18th, 2014 at 7:39 pm said:

    This is a prototype, and we are not talking about our final product yet.


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+ DarkStar83x on March 18th, 2014 at 6:56 pm said:

Looks promising.


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    + Shu Yoshida on March 18th, 2014 at 7:39 pm said:

    Thank you! :D


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+ deathshadow799 on March 18th, 2014 at 6:57 pm said:

If only Fumito Ueda released a videogame on virtual reality glasses…. o well, first he has to fu***ng finish The Last Guardian.

Looks amazing anyway. I hope we get more info on E3 2014.


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+ gowofwarkratos1 on March 18th, 2014 at 6:57 pm said:

I hope that is not expensive hehe!


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+ Xoombie503 on March 18th, 2014 at 6:57 pm said:

Awesome


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    + Shu Yoshida on March 18th, 2014 at 7:39 pm said:

    Thank you :D


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+ daniel3334 on March 18th, 2014 at 6:58 pm said:

Day one purchase for me. Been waiting on this ever since I heard y’all were prototyping it a couple of years ago. Good luck on a final set. Will be waiting for more info!! Thx Mr. Yoshida- San


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    + Shu Yoshida on March 18th, 2014 at 7:40 pm said:

    Thank you! :)


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+ Thiagots85 on March 18th, 2014 at 6:58 pm said:

can I have one?


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+ Airleak on March 18th, 2014 at 6:59 pm said:

I guess I know where my disposable income is going:)


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    + Shu Yoshida on March 18th, 2014 at 7:40 pm said:

    :)


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+ gerneric123 on March 18th, 2014 at 7:01 pm said:

After the “support” Move, and more alarmingly, Vita, got I’m not too hyped for this. There’s no guarantee Sony will actively support the technology beyond the launch window.


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+ DaPinz on March 18th, 2014 at 7:01 pm said:

The Future Doesn’t Start Till Sony Says So… And By The Looks Of This, There Telling Us It’s Starting Now!!


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+ gowofwarkratos1 on March 18th, 2014 at 7:01 pm said:

I can’t wait to see this in action :)


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    + Shu Yoshida on March 18th, 2014 at 7:41 pm said:

    We are demoing this at GDC PlayStation booth starting tomorrow.


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+ Mando44646 on March 18th, 2014 at 7:02 pm said:

Awesome! I hope the price is reasonable. Also is the PS camera required? And I didn’t even know that Move even still existed :/


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    + Shu Yoshida on March 18th, 2014 at 7:42 pm said:

    PlayStation Camera is required, PS Move is optional, depending on the title.


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+ Mando44646 on March 18th, 2014 at 7:02 pm said:

Here’s hoping you guys also don’t send it out to die like you did Move and Vita…


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+ Rabzinatorz on March 18th, 2014 at 7:02 pm said:

It’s it’s it’s.. IT’S BEAUTIFUL! TAKE MY MONEY NOW (if it’s affordable)


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    + Shu Yoshida on March 18th, 2014 at 7:43 pm said:

    LoL thanks


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+ JeRzYzFyNeSt on March 18th, 2014 at 7:05 pm said:

SHU just focus on the PS4 !!

games for the VR will take forever to make. it does look nice tho


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+ ossiecastro5 on March 18th, 2014 at 7:05 pm said:

This looks very promising. I hope for the best and hope that it will enhance our gaming experience. Thank you!


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    + Shu Yoshida on March 18th, 2014 at 7:43 pm said:

    Thank you!


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+ matthew1836 on March 18th, 2014 at 7:06 pm said:

WOW I always wanted to look like a member of Daft Punk


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+ Techni on March 18th, 2014 at 7:06 pm said:

If it costs less than the PS3 3DTV (which dropped in price by like half before I even finished paying it off, and then you guys stopped making games for it!) then I’d like to preorder now


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+ GiveEmHellKid__ on March 18th, 2014 at 7:08 pm said:

This sounds promising. Let’s see where it goes.


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+ THE_TERRORIZER on March 18th, 2014 at 7:09 pm said:

OOOHHH MAN. OH MAN.

SHOTS HAVE BEEN FIRED. OCULUS RIFT HAS BEEN HIT AND IS WOUNDED.

Direct competition. Wow, this is what excites me about the video game industry. Innovation is met with hardcore competition, and WE ARE THE WINNERS ALWAYS. Haha.

I can’t wait for this year’s E3. I wonder if this will take up a large portion of the conference. I’m curious to learn more; this feels promising.

On the other hand, I will be saving up a large portion of money.


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+ Butters360 on March 18th, 2014 at 7:09 pm said:

Break the Walls Down! i am so buying one when it releases!


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+ pwobrien on March 18th, 2014 at 7:13 pm said:

Take my money!


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    + Shu Yoshida on March 18th, 2014 at 7:45 pm said:

    :D :D


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+ darkgemineye on March 18th, 2014 at 7:16 pm said:

I love the fact that Sony continues to bring us new and innovative tech. Keep it up guys! But before you give us the next “big thing”, can you please give us 3D Blu Ray playback for the PS4? Baby steps Sony. Thanks so much.


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+ pwobrien on March 18th, 2014 at 7:17 pm said:

Any idea when more PS4 camera’s will be available?
I’ve been looking for a month or so.


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    + Shu Yoshida on March 18th, 2014 at 7:45 pm said:

    We are actually shipping out more units now.


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+ ThanQPS on March 18th, 2014 at 7:17 pm said:

No Driveclub? I thought they were gonna support the VR headset. Thats why they had to go back to the drawing board. Well anyways its great news for Playstation nation. Ill buy it no mattter what. But it worries me a bit. they didnt show much of info. No release window? I guess coming holiday 2015. or even later. Not this year for sure


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+ FJ1100_rider on March 18th, 2014 at 7:17 pm said:

need any beta testers ? sign me up if you do
I doubt this will ever take off though , nobody wants another gimmick that doesn’t make the games more fun or playable or gives you a headache in 30 minutes of use


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+ vXsaintXv on March 18th, 2014 at 7:17 pm said:

I think that this might cost anything in between 100-300 US dollars.


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+ NickMulder on March 18th, 2014 at 7:20 pm said:

Shut up and take my money! Lol ;) no but this is HUGE!!!! I have been wanting this for YEARS YOU GUYS!!!! I PROMISE you that the moment this is available for purchase, whether it be day one on shelves or pre-order online, I WILL BUY IT!!!! Though I hope it will cost less than the PS4, I DON’T CARE ONE WAY OR ANOTHER!!!! I MUST HAVE IT!!!! I LOVE YOU SONY!!!! What you are doing is beyond just gaming, this is pushing ALL of technology forward! This is groundbreaking and I WILL be there as a Playstation VR pioneer from the very start :D


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    + Shu Yoshida on March 18th, 2014 at 7:48 pm said:

    I LOVE YOU <3


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+ avluis on March 18th, 2014 at 7:20 pm said:

Day one buy for me, don’t forget about my PSVita and send me a devkit now.


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+ boomstickbhg on March 18th, 2014 at 7:21 pm said:

how about introducing a store update?


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+ luvtoseek on March 18th, 2014 at 7:21 pm said:

Shu: this is Important, will a purple model be available??


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+ Ryumoau on March 18th, 2014 at 7:21 pm said:

What is the point of this gimmicky headset? No wonder Sony keeps having financial problems, since they keep pouring money into needless accessories that no one wants like the ps move. :/


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+ Daverost on March 18th, 2014 at 7:22 pm said:

Who do I sign the check to? And why do I still own checks?


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+ Ryumoau on March 18th, 2014 at 7:22 pm said:

btw, where in the world is the psn store update?


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+ ambsnake on March 18th, 2014 at 7:23 pm said:

Really excited for this and how it will bring greater immersion to gaming.


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+ jibjab79 on March 18th, 2014 at 7:23 pm said:

Why 90 degrees? Why not 180 degrees? Or a front camera to map out your playing field, turn your house into a haunted house. Make obstacles in your home an object in the game. Able to take the headset outside for some FPS with the neighborhood kids.
Some real VR action, GSM or some NFS :p


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+ Hooligantuan on March 18th, 2014 at 7:23 pm said:

Huh.

And I thought Oculus’s Rift looked kinda clunky and unwieldly, then Sony reveals this lunk!


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    + Shu Yoshida on March 18th, 2014 at 7:51 pm said:

    Thank you for your feedback.


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+ jibjab79 on March 18th, 2014 at 7:24 pm said:

GTA, not GSM


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+ freshprincepbg on March 18th, 2014 at 7:25 pm said:

Just take my money now! I hope this comes soon

Shadow of the Colossus would be epic in VR.


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+ Blitzkrieg_exe on March 18th, 2014 at 7:25 pm said:

Finally, something to do with the PS4 camera I bought at launch!
I hope I can wear my glasses under this. If not, I guess it’s time to start wearing contacts.
The only thing that can stop me is a huge price point.


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    + Shu Yoshida on March 18th, 2014 at 7:52 pm said:

    I ware glasses and have no problem using this prototype head mount unit :)


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+ TYruler50 on March 18th, 2014 at 7:26 pm said:

This would go well with the store updates being on time


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+ Tinye310 on March 18th, 2014 at 7:26 pm said:

That caught me off guard, super awesome! go PS!


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    + Shu Yoshida on March 18th, 2014 at 7:53 pm said:

    Thank you! :D


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+ GREATINTERNET1 on March 18th, 2014 at 7:27 pm said:

The future.


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+ che_guate07 on March 18th, 2014 at 7:28 pm said:

AWESOME, can’t wait for this, hope they come up very soon.


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+ tyrolek on March 18th, 2014 at 7:28 pm said:

Can’t wait.


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+ Polyhedron on March 18th, 2014 at 7:28 pm said:

Now how about a Playstation Camera extension cord so it can actually reach my PS4 from the top of my TV like my Kinect can do with my XBOne.


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+ president2038 on March 18th, 2014 at 7:31 pm said:

Beyond! When can I have this? For how much? What games can I play?


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    + Shu Yoshida on March 18th, 2014 at 7:54 pm said:

    This is still a prototype, and we are not talking about final product.


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+ oo7PorscheMGS on March 18th, 2014 at 7:32 pm said:

Should give one away on the PS Blog :P This WILL be awesome but show us some actual games + price before we can get tooooo excited. I hope this will work with some PS4 games..DriveClub, etc….. add it in to your main games SONY and SHOW people why it’s the future. Looking forward to seeing the demos.

Imagine a game like InFamous or DriveClub in VR………….. or hey, Uncharted 4… :P


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+ eddypoe on March 18th, 2014 at 7:33 pm said:

One would assume this would require more 3D content on the PS4?


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+ Budapesti on March 18th, 2014 at 7:34 pm said:

I wonder if this will be as popular as 3D gaming?
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