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Sony Playstation 2014 GDC Session

CNET will be there as Sony hosts a session at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. There are persistent rumors that the company will unveil a head-mounted display (similar to Oculus Rift), but nothing's been confirmed.

  • James Martin 3/19/2014 12:56:23 AM
  • Nick Statt 3/19/2014 12:56:25 AM
    Homemade VR experiments started at Sony back in 2010, Yoshida says. 
  • Eric Franklin 3/19/2014 12:57:15 AM
    OK, here we go.
  • Nick Statt 3/19/2014 12:57:22 AM
    SCEA R&D group made that prototype shown below. "As you can see, they wanted to make the tracking super accurate." --Yoshida. 
  • Eric Franklin 3/19/2014 12:57:32 AM
    Demo time.
  • Nick Statt 3/19/2014 12:57:57 AM
    Project Morpheus is the name we have right now. 
  • Eric Franklin 3/19/2014 12:58:31 AM
    Looks much more refined than the HMZ-T1. Looks smaller.
  • Eric Franklin 3/19/2014 12:58:43 AM
    More compact at least.
  • Nick Statt 3/19/2014 12:59:16 AM
    Yoshida unveils Morpheus onstage. Looks sleek, and as Eric says, pretty small. 
  • Eric Franklin 3/19/2014 12:59:27 AM
    Four blue LED lights makes it look cool and futuristic.
  • Eric Franklin 3/19/2014 12:59:55 AM
    Blue LED lights is indeed the future.
  • Nick Statt 3/19/2014 1:00:06 AM
    Demos of Morpheus starting tomorrow. Though a prototype, sounds like it's ready to roll for use outside Sony. 
  • James Martin 3/19/2014 1:00:16 AM
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  • James Martin 3/19/2014 1:01:07 AM
  • Eric Franklin 3/19/2014 1:02:14 AM
    Trying to temper expectations. VR -- even Oculus -- has never impressed me.
  • Nick Statt 3/19/2014 1:03:01 AM
    Richard Marks from Sony R&D onstage now. 
  • Eric Franklin 3/19/2014 1:04:44 AM
    Marks is talking about about VR just now reaching an inflection point. That definitely seems to be the case.
  • Nick Statt 3/19/2014 1:04:58 AM
    "As a technologist, I feel super lucky to be part of this time period when this is happening," Marks says. "Presence is disruptive. It's going to become the preferred medium."
  • James Martin 3/19/2014 1:05:00 AM
  • Eric Franklin 3/19/2014 1:05:27 AM
    If VR really works, I will definitely have applications beyond games.
  • James Martin 3/19/2014 1:05:33 AM
  • Nick Statt 3/19/2014 1:05:40 AM
    Marks talking NASA JPL partnerships, VR for immersive science. "We'd love to make hardware that's good enough to do that," he adds. 
  • Eric Franklin 3/19/2014 1:06:28 AM
    Lotta buzzwords being used.
  • Eric Franklin 3/19/2014 1:06:52 AM
    "Pervasive"!
  • Eric Franklin 3/19/2014 1:07:08 AM
    "Presence"!
  • James Martin 3/19/2014 1:07:17 AM
  • Nick Statt 3/19/2014 1:07:23 AM
    Marks drawing connections behind 3D mapping/modeling, Project Tango and the potential for VR. 
  • Eric Franklin 3/19/2014 1:08:08 AM
    It's interesting that they talk so much about what VR needs to be, but not show the thing in action.
  • James Martin 3/19/2014 1:08:08 AM
  • James Martin 3/19/2014 1:08:09 AM
  • Eric Franklin 3/19/2014 1:08:13 AM
    Not yet at least.
  • Nick Statt 3/19/2014 1:08:54 AM
    @Eric Yeah, surprised that there's no demo of it at least in use from an outside perspective. 
  • Nick Statt 3/19/2014 1:09:26 AM
    After all, it's as fun / convincing to see what someone is seeing through Oculus as it is to watch them see it, look around in wonder. 
  • James Martin 3/19/2014 1:09:49 AM
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  • James Martin 3/19/2014 1:10:14 AM
  • Nick Statt 3/19/2014 1:10:38 AM
    Same technology in PlayStation Move is in Morpheus, Marks says. 
  • Eric Franklin 3/19/2014 1:10:39 AM
    Yeah, I'm sure they'll show something, but why the hard sell? Seeing should be believing.
  • Eric Franklin 3/19/2014 1:11:35 AM
    Demoing VR isn't the same as showing traditional content though. Maybe that has something to do with them stalling.
  • James Martin 3/19/2014 1:12:07 AM
  • James Martin 3/19/2014 1:12:11 AM
  • Nick Statt 3/19/2014 1:12:13 AM
    "PlayStation Move is a little ahead of its time. It is actually a really good VR controller," Marks says.
  • James Martin 3/19/2014 1:12:38 AM
  • Eric Franklin 3/19/2014 1:13:23 AM
    Grooves in the sand and three rocks. -- Project Morpheus.
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