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Project Morpheus: PS4 VR Upgraded, Coming in 2016

Shuhei Yoshida's Avatar Posted by President, SCE Worldwide Studios

Hello from GDC 2015! About a year ago, we unveiled a prototype for Project Morpheus, the virtual reality system for PS4. Since then, we’ve been hard at work making the system even better. I’m pleased to return to GDC with an update on our progress, bringing us one step closer to its consumer release. We believe VR will shape the future of games, and I can’t wait for you to try Project Morpheus when it launches in the first half of 2016.

Project Morpheus

Our goal with VR is to deliver a sense of presence, making the player feel as though they’ve stepped inside the world of a game. The new Project Morpheus prototype brings us closer to that goal, as it improves the visual experience and tracking accuracy, both of which are critical to achieving sense of presence.

Key changes:

  • OLED display: In exchange for the 5 inch LCD, the new Morpheus VR headset is equipped with a 5.7 inch 1920 X RGB X 1080 resolution OLED display. This new screen expands the field of view and enables low persistence, removing motion blur.
  • 120hz refresh rate: The previous refresh rate spec has been doubled for this new prototype, which means games for Morpheus can be rendered at 120fps. When combined with the OLED display’s high refresh rate and the power of PS4, Morpheus is able to output amazingly smooth visuals.
  • Super low latency: We know how critical low latency is to delivering a great VR experience, and we’ve reduced latency to less than 18ms, about half of what the first Morpheus prototype had. Low latency is critical to deliver a sense of presence, at the same time making the VR experience comfortable to players.
  • More accurate tracking: To make positional tracking more precise, we’ve added three LEDs to the headset – one on the front and two on the side – for a total of nine LEDs to support robust 360 degree tracking.
  • User-friendly design: We’ve made the Morpheus VR headset easier to put on and take off, with a single band design and quick release button. The headband supports the weight of the unit on the top of your head, so there is no pressure on your face. Other components have also been adjusted and configured to make the headset lighter, so that players do not find the headset cumbersome or uncomfortable to use.

Project Morpheus

Revealing this new prototype is an important step in our journey to release Project Morpheus, but there is more to come. We’ll share additional details at E3 and beyond. In particular, we’ll show more VR games at E3 and later events as we get closer to launch.

A new dimension of gaming is almost here, and PlayStation again is at the forefront with Project Morpheus.

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navcomm81 said:

March 3rd, 3:40 pm

Definitely excited to try this out!

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    Sid Shuman said:

    March 3rd, 8:49 pm

    We’ll have some hands-on (eyes on?) impressions coming a bit later this week on the Blog, but the short version is, Justin, Ryan and I were pretty wowed. It’s come a long way since a year ago, the OLED screen makes a huge difference, and the new demos were a hoot. I was pretty impressed. Can’t wait for more folks to try it!

gerneric123 said:

March 3rd, 3:41 pm

Oh cool, another thing for SCE to ignore like Vita, Move, 3D, and Eyetoy!

Elvick_ said:

March 3rd, 3:41 pm

Will be interesting to see what the price ends up being. I’m all for this, I just hope it sees good support. At least up to par with Move, which while people trash has tons of games that use it.

opikal said:

March 3rd, 3:41 pm

I don’t see it selling well unless its the price of a PS4

bbswarrior_11 said:

March 3rd, 3:43 pm

Depending on the price, which will be crazy for sure in my country… what am I saying, I´m getting this at any cost.

gerneric123 said:

March 3rd, 3:45 pm

The price of a PS4 is $400. That’s quite a steep tag for an accessory, opikal …

opikal said:

March 3rd, 3:46 pm

Well I am willing to bet it will be $699 at the very least

YoruAzeniaSIC said:

March 3rd, 3:47 pm

I am so looking forward to Morpheus XD I literally can not wait to pop this baby on

krimoz said:

March 3rd, 3:48 pm

Up to $500 would be reasonable.

plaztiksyke said:

March 3rd, 3:50 pm

Is the new Morpheus dev kit available on the GDC expo floor to try? I’ve been excited to try some of the modified Wonderbook demos that Shu first talked about!

I’m curious if the tracking LEDs dynamically change color, or if it requires manual recalibration when the environment lighting changes like the Move did. Not having dynamic/continuous recalibration of the Move was one of the things that made it quite difficult to use in a room with sunlight.

Will there be any bio sensors, like galvanic skin response or pulse rate?

I’m very excited to play PixelJunk Eden on Morpheus — seeing the garden grow around you will be really, really awesome.

One final note: while I’m glad the FOV will be better than the original prototype, I think the tactic HTC has taken with SteamVR is the correct one — two separate screens that are 1080p, which allows for dense PPI and incredible FOV. Still, I’ll reserve judgement until I try the new Morpheus :)

Geos59 said:

March 3rd, 3:53 pm

The price, support, and overall usability will determine if this is awesome or not. I hope it’s amazing.

Skater_Ricky said:

March 3rd, 3:53 pm

I’ve been excited for this since the first announcement!

I want to use Project Morpheus with Project CARS with a Racing Wheel. I want this so bad. A year away and I can taste the sweetness from here.

Thank You Sony for making my dream’s come to a reality with Virtual Reality.


dizeeStL said:

March 3rd, 3:54 pm

oh joy another upcoming epic fail accessory just like the Move.

stick to games and not accessories. there is a reason your tv and mobile phone market is bombing.

samv33 said:

March 3rd, 3:55 pm

Anyone know if you can watch movies on it?

Matrix_Lion said:

March 3rd, 3:55 pm

I want one.

ElektroDragon said:

March 3rd, 3:59 pm

Excellent move with the OLED upgrade!! I’m sure Morpheus will be the best VR experience on the market. I tried Oculus and was not impressed, and Valve’s HTC headset? They may cheap cell phones for crying out loud.

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March 3rd, 4:00 pm


Sharingan_itachi said:

March 3rd, 4:03 pm

What a garbage product.

Dynasty111 said:

March 3rd, 4:06 pm

This is just going to be another thing Sony gets us to buy into and then just abandon it just like 3D!
No thanks I’ll think I’ll pass this time. Fool me once shame on me…. Start supporting 3d gaming again!!

TurismoM3 said:

March 3rd, 4:06 pm

OMG, shut up and take my money!

TurismoM3 said:

March 3rd, 4:09 pm

Really excited for the OLED upgrade, still rocking my OLED Vita.

M1NAT3K said:

March 3rd, 4:09 pm

The sexiest VR headset out there. This better not be like one of those concept cars that look like crap with half of the prototype look taken out of it for mass production.

Victoryismine52 said:

March 3rd, 4:10 pm

Just give me a price so I can put in my preorder sit back relax and have amazon deliver it to my office on release date. Thank you Sony! Thank you amazon!

sealum01 said:

March 3rd, 4:10 pm

Holy crap! This is HUGE news. The specs are perfect, and I know that this will provide the highest caliber of VR experiences. I just can’t wait to see what creative developers dream up (especially AAA studios)!

2016 is going to be an INSANE holiday shopping season (the release timing couldn’t be more perfect). I don’t know if Sony will be able to meet demand, as Project Morpheus is nearly guaranteed to be the gift to have!

Remmy8199 said:

March 3rd, 4:12 pm

I’m not sure about this one yet. I might bite if it’s at a reasonable price and the games are worth it. I just hope it doesn’t end up being a glorified Virtual Boy.

StingrayX said:

March 3rd, 4:18 pm

Awesome! I hope this works for people with glasses like myself.

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    Justin Massongill said:

    March 4th, 11:59 am

    I tried it with my glasses on and it worked splendidly. You can adjust the unit forward and back to find the best fit and line it up with your eyes just right.

D-Squad3 said:

March 3rd, 4:20 pm

Sorry but it’s not the future of gaming, at least not for a LONG time. It’s just going to be another Move, nobody will buy it because it’s going to be really expensive and separated from the console therefore nobody will be making games for it due to a low installation base.

JoseTornero-26_7 said:

March 3rd, 4:20 pm

Is sword art online going to be one of the launch games for the virtual reality headset? :P

AppleJinx said:

March 3rd, 4:24 pm

Damn that’s sooner than expected! 1080p/60FPS?! Shut up and take my money!

Victoryismine52 said:

March 3rd, 4:29 pm

Glad you either
1. know the future
2. speak for every consumer

febwtf said:

March 3rd, 4:29 pm

@2 if it makes you feel any better they’re going to forget about this faster than the Vita :)

sharpshoot said:

March 3rd, 4:30 pm

120hz refresh rate good it wont make me sick if I get one

Longtooth72 said:

March 3rd, 4:30 pm

Day one purchase AKA shut up and take my mullah!

…Just bundle it with Star Wars Battle Pod!

sharpshoot said:

March 3rd, 4:32 pm

120hz refresh rate that’s good that’s means 60 per eye

JosephDUDEhola1 said:

March 3rd, 4:37 pm

Day one purchase for me when its out, as long as the price stays under $250. If the price is $200, I’ll throw the money to the cashier lol

sharpshoot said:

March 3rd, 4:42 pm

I wont be that much its coming out in 2016 and its not 4k that’s what expensive right now with OLED

TeamGreen615 said:

March 3rd, 4:47 pm

Sorry but I don’t think I would buy this if it only cost $100. I’m just not interested in VR.

Col_Tushy_Finger said:

March 3rd, 4:47 pm

Maybe PSN will add a YouPorn app with it. Definitely worth $500 if that happens.

Elvick_ said:

March 3rd, 4:50 pm

by the way, I hope more than just SCEE is involved in supporting this device. Otherwise I see SCEA letting it fizzle off and die like everything SCEE has tried supporting. Sony needs to be more unified. SCEA constantly drops the ball with SCEE content, and if Morpheus is only going to see Europe provide for it the. I have little hope that it will survive.

SCEA needs to prove they are behind this. Open a NA studio for it, branch Santa Monica into it. Because I don’t trust them to support Europe’s efforts here. They didn’t do it with Wonderbook, PS Move, and just their IP in general like Invizimals, EyePet… Europe can’t make this a success on their own.

Is America and Japan (Sony) actually on board? Or will it be another wonderful thing you create and let die?

earth_inheritor said:

March 3rd, 4:52 pm

I want to love this but it scares mw. First off its a gamble. Unless retail demos are everywhere an easy to find in Canada and the US its a huge gamble

The other is suppose. I love Sony but they have been really bad at supporting hardware.
The 2 most obvious being move: which had a few games and huge potential and is now dead. My 2 navi an 2 motion controla gathering dust. And promise of ps4 support with no news.
And the simuview screen.
Amazing idea that was over priced and unsupported.

Garauntee support
Put demos everywhere
And keep is below $300 ($250) being the sweet spot and it could kill the competition. But launch it badly and itll fail. And i really want this to succeed

Wollan said:

March 3rd, 4:52 pm

You are nailing it with impressive specs, official controllers, comfortable and sleek design, plug & play nature. The two latter points is something that will really set you apart from the competition. Now you just need to make sure that the HMD (excluding camera & controllers) cost $199 or less.

Also make sure to have a Virtual Cinema app on day one (w/built in Netflix support and the like).

fadingshadow said:

March 3rd, 4:52 pm

Shuhei bringing some awesome news! I wonder if this will be able to project non VR PS4 games? Certainly wouldn’t mind playing standard PS4 games on the Morpheus. ^,..,~

TheMemorandums said:

March 3rd, 4:53 pm

Goodbye Reality, Hello Immersion. #LongLivetheVita

Wollan said:

March 3rd, 4:59 pm

Oh and: Aquire the gaming rights for ‘Ready Player One’ asap!

Play4life2015 said:

March 3rd, 5:03 pm

I am so looking forward to this.

soldierone said:

March 3rd, 5:04 pm

Unless they announce multiple years worth of games, or do something to ensure games come to it, I will hold off. As an owner of Vita, PS Move, PS2 Eye, and other gadgets I’m pretty tired of getting shafted by Sony ideas. Cool gadgets but without the support they become useless.

I’d hate to shell out 200 dollars for this and then it turns into an indie machine…. Yay side scroller 5!

Josh1billion said:

March 3rd, 5:09 pm

Looks great! As long as the software looks equally great, I’ll be picking one up for sure.

G-Force08 said:

March 3rd, 5:11 pm

I am super excited to read about the changes to Morpheus. I figured it would be ready around 2016 so I’m glad to hear about that confirmation too.

I thought Morpheus was great when I tried it back at E3 2014, so I can’t wait to try the new design this year and the final release! Keep up the great work!

stalepie said:

March 3rd, 5:13 pm

This looks awesome!! can’t believe people aren’t more excited. Glad they’re going with OLED. This should be great. I hope developers are ready.

akibake said:

March 3rd, 5:18 pm

It will be a day one purchase for me. The resolution and frame rate sound decent. Comfort was taken into consideration. I really don’t require a bunch of Move support. I just want a headset that puts me inside of the video game environment, allowing me to move my head independent of the direction my character is facing/shooter/slashing. DualShock controls will be just fine. I don’t have a problem compartmentalizing the virtual reality from the game controls. Just put me in the game, with graphics as far as the eye can see. I’d be happy playing Jumping Flash in VR, let alone Killzone. Of course, if the latter can happen, all the better.

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