During yesterday’s unveiling of Sony’s Project Morpheus Virtual Reality headset it was briefly mentioned that the experience wouldn’t be limited to first person games, but third person ones also were a possibility. Today industry insider Ahsan Rasheed, who is normally quite reliable with what his sources tell him and has been talking about Morpheus for quite a while, gave some more hints on what that could entail.
Sony is investigating how to make third person titles in VR an experience worth having, unsure how it’s panning out, excited nonetheless.
Yes this means your Uncharted, God of War, and there is a game that is very special to me that is being kicked around for VR – Puppeteer VR.
How it was described to me: “You are in the actual play in the audience. 3D would allow things to be thrown at you.”
“It simulates actually being at a theater production.”
Rasheed also mentioned that Morpheus has been in development for quite a while before the Oculus Rift, so calling one an imitation of the other is improper:
Morpheus represents a first generation attempt at VR. It was in testing, phasing, and conception way before Oculus Rift.
Sony isn’t imitating Oculus, neither is Oculus imitating Sony. These are two different attempts at the same dream.
For the last few months I’ve had to keep my mouth shut on a lot of things concerning Morpheus. It feels good to see it finally come to life.
While we should, as usual, take insider information with a grain of salt, it’s hard not to be intrigued by the application of virtual reality to third person games, and especially to Puppeteer, that was already used to showcase Sony’s head mounted display and seems perfect for the purpose.
It’s also definitely hard not to be excited for the announcement of the Morpheus. A new technology with the potential to open brave new worlds is always a great kickstarter for the gaming industry.