Sony’s Project Morpheus VR system now gets a new name – PlayStation VR. The announcement was made today at the SCEJA Press Conference 2015 in Tokyo. There’s still no official release date for the headset which is due for release at some point in early 2016.
It's official: Project Morpheus is now PlayStation VR! pic.twitter.com/iwthYKbrVM
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) September 15, 2015
The Japanese electronics and gaming giant had earlier unveiled a prototype of the virtual reality headset to be used in conjunction with its PlayStation 4 video game console during a talk at the Game Developers Conference. The adjustable device, which was codenamed Project Morpheus, features a head-mounted display with 1080p resolution and a 90-degree field of view. Sensors built into the headset can track a wearer’s head movement in concert with a PS4 camera.
“The name ‘PlayStation VR’ not only directly expresses an entirely new experience from PlayStation that allows players to feel as if they are physically inside the virtual world of a game, but it also reflects our hopes that we want our users to feel a sense of familiarity as they enjoy this amazing experience,” said Masayasu Ito, EVP, Division president of PS Product Business and VP, Software Design Division.
He added, “We will continue to refine the hardware from various aspects, while working alongside 3rd party developers and publishers and SCE Worldwide Studios, in order to bring content that deliver exciting experiences only made possible with VR.”
PlayStation VR will compete with virtual reality headsets such as Facebook’s Oculus Rift, and the Vive developed by HTC and Valve. A report by PC Mag points out that Sony’s decision to rename Project Morpheus to PlayStation VR makes sense as the device will rely on the PlayStation 4 in order to get its content. In addition, it is also a gaming-focused product and using the PlayStation branding adds a bit more legitmacy to the device.