Gadget of the Week: Sony’s Project Morpheus

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

Sony Project Morpheus
Project Morpheus immerses users with a blend of audio and visual tech.

Virtual reality goggles that immerse you in video games and movies went out of style in the 90s, but recent high-tech advances have brought them back with a vengeance. The two major players are Sony’s “Project Morpheus” and the Facebook-owned “Oculus Rift”, each of which are head-mounted displays. As anyone with a Playstation can tell you, Sony knows how to make great games, so expect to dive right into your favorite fantasy worlds when Project Morpheus comes out in the next year or so!

Project Morpheus is developed for Playstation 4 to provide both gaming and non-gaming virtual reality experiences. “The industry has grown by creating technological advancements for video game players,” explains Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios. “Advancements that people maybe weren’t expecting or thought was possible.” He believes that virtual reality tech “is the next innovation from Playstation that will [shape] the future of games.”

So far, demonstrations of Project Morpheus at major events have made fans out of testers, especially because the VR gear has head-tracking capabilities, an amazing field of vision, and sharp 3D visuals. It can even connect to a TV so that other people can watch what you’re seeing! Several games have been announced as compatible with the device, like Thief, War Thunder, The Deep, and Street Luge.

Project Morpheus also has powerful sound gadgetry to give your ears as much of a treat as your eyes. Yoshida says positional sound effects let users hear things like “footsteps climbing up stairs below them, or engine noises of helicopters flying overhead”, while also adapting to where the players’ head is positioned for a “highly realistic audio environment within an immersive 360-degree world.”

 Images courtesy of Project Morpheus Facebook.