FIRST THE NEWS
Sony will release its VR headset, Project Morpheus, in 2016, according to Japanese newspaper Asahi. Is has to be true, right?
What we are not clear about is whether Sony’s new innovative tech will be released worldwide or if the Japanese market gets it first.
Considering the fact that Sony’s PS4 hasn’t been nearly as successful in the Japanese market as it has the rest of the world, it would be a safe bet to assume that Project Morpheus has a western market release first. Sadly for the console market, a large portion Japan’s consumers have turned their attention to mobile devices for their gaming fix, and as far as we know, Project Morpheus doesn’t incorporate mobile games.
ISN’T THAT CONVENIENT?
It seems it is no coincidence that E3 is less than a month away, and this news slips loose. To our knowledge, Sony doesn’t have any major exclusive titles coming to the PS4 in 2015, and that means the PS4 hype must be built another way.
At this year’s Game Developers Conference, President of Sony Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida spoke regarding Sony’s plans for Project Morpheus. “Many studios of ours are working on actual games,” said Yoshida in a GameSpot interview. “We haven’t talked about these games as yet. We are waiting for the right time. Starting probably at E3, we will start to show the actual games.”
So all of this lines up with the conclusion that we’ll be getting a great deal of information about Sony’s VR games, and a launch date (or window) would not be at all surprising
WHAT IT MEANS
If 2016 really is the “Year of VR,” then Sony will be at the forefront of the hype. Game developers are all aware of the plans for Morpheus and its competition, the Oculus Rift. But ultimately the consumer is the deciding factor of whether these new devices will take hold, and which one is viewed has the embodiment the VR movement the way the Nintendo Wii lead the front on motion controls, last generation.
In the end, although Sony may presenting last on “Day Zero” of E3, it could be showing us a great deal of “firsts.”
What are your thoughts on Project Morpheus and VR games? Are you warming up to the idea? Let us know in the comments below.
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