Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida: Morpheus is “3D By Default;” Gives Lots of info on PS4’s New VR Headset

on March 19, 2014 7:47 AM

A rather strange and even a little funny peculiarity of yesterday’s presentation of the new Project Morpheus Virtual Reality Headset is that stereoscopic 3D, which is one of the most relevant parts of virtual reality, was never mentioned. Even the official press release completely skips that point.

Considering that, it’s not surprising that some thought to ask Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida directly, and he confirmed that the headset will be 3D by default:

Yes, by default it’s 3D like real.

Yoshida-san also gave quite a few more pieces of information on the hardware on Twitter and in the comments to his Official PlayStation Blog post.

We learn that the PlayStation camera will be required to use it, but the Move will be optional:

PlayStation Camera is required, PS Move is optional, depending on the title.

For conventional type game, you can use DualShock 4 no problem.

Watching movies won’t be the focus of the experience, but support is possible:

That’s not our focus but we can create a big virtual screen to watch a movie.

If you want to use your top-notch headset instead of the default speakers you’ll be able to:

The prototype comes with a headphone and will work with your headphone, too.

Yoshida-san also explained that games need to be programmed specifically for Morpheus, so we won’t be able to use our current titles unless the developers retool them:

Games have to be programmed for Morpheus, but a game like Outlast would be awesome : )

If you’re wondering about wearing glasses, or about the safety of your vision, Yoshida-san gave reassuring answers:

I wore glasses and have no problem using this prototype head mount unit : )

It feels very natural when you use it, but we are working with medical experts.

Finally, he also mentioned that he thinks the headset will also work for people that unfortunately have only one eye.

As usual Yoshida-san proves to be a gold mine of information, but of course we still don’t know when the unit will be released and for how much, and I’m quite sure many are wondering about that. We’ll have to wait and see, and we’ll keep you updated on any relevant info that will surface.

[featured picture courtesy of IGN]

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