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Rumour – Sony to reveal VR tech at GDC 2014

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What’s new is old again. Virtual reality is making a comeback of sorts, with the Oculus Rift leading the way. But thanks to the beauty of capitalism, competition is just around the corner. Competition with a Sony brand on it according to recent reports.

Sources speaking to Edge say that Sony will be showing off their virtually real technology in San Francisco next week at the Game Developers Conference. The claim comes from an alleged third-party developer who already has a prototype of the peripheral.

Supposedly packing superior hardware yo the Oculus Rift, the Sony VR kit will also show off first-party software and tech demos from March 18. It’s a big step for Sony, but don’t expect all your PlayStation 4 games to start shipping with VR options all of a sudden. Sony is reportedly not pressuring any of its teams or studios to adopt the technology.

VR technology is a risky technology, either way you look at it. It’s expensive, and as a solo platform it has the stigma to overcome that you look like a complete dork while wearing it. Trust me, I know. It cost me way too much to finally get those photos back of that one time I used a Nintendo 3D Virtual Boy in public.

So who will present that technology? Virtual Eyes are on SCEA research and development executives Richard Marks and Anton Mikhailov, as they’ll be taking the stage to discuss new Sony products. If those names sound familiar, it’s because Marks and Mikhailov had a hand in designing the PS Move and the PlayStation Eye.

Also, I’m just personally looking forward to shouting WE ARE VR next week.

Last Updated: March 13, 2014

30 Comments

  1. I have a dead horse available for flogging.

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    • RinceIsIngwer

      March 13, 2014 at 11:13

      Hands over money.

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    • Hammersteyn

      March 13, 2014 at 11:13

      Why would you have a dead horse?

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      • ToshZA

        March 13, 2014 at 11:14

        #ForeverSP?

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        • Admiral Chief of comments

          March 13, 2014 at 11:15

          HAH, I see we commented on exactly the same thing at exactly the same time!

          WIN

          Must be true then?

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          • ToshZA

            March 13, 2014 at 11:15

            Can’t be coincidence 😀

          • Admiral Chief of comments

            March 13, 2014 at 11:15

            Nope

          • Hammersteyn

            March 13, 2014 at 11:17

            Consensus is the same it would seem. Trevor flogs dead horses

      • Admiral Chief of comments

        March 13, 2014 at 11:14

        He has no GF?

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        March 13, 2014 at 11:17

        Lunch meat. Buy in bulk & save 😉

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  2. Hammersteyn

    March 13, 2014 at 11:15

    What’s new is old again or what’s old is new again? Anyways time to dust of my bell bottoms.

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    • Admiral Chief of comments

      March 13, 2014 at 11:15

      Somehow I always knew you had bell bottoms

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    • Umar Praise The Golden Sun

      March 13, 2014 at 11:21

      I bet you had lotsa fevers on a Saturday

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  3. TiMsTeR1033

    March 13, 2014 at 11:25

    The whole VR is very exciting, I mean taking your games to a whole other level is great! I really hope they get either the Oculus Rift or the Sony VR up and running ASAP. This can truly be the first stepping stone to changing the way we play games forever.

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    • ToshZA

      March 13, 2014 at 11:27

      Or adding another expensive ornament to your desk or wall unit.

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      • TiMsTeR1033

        March 13, 2014 at 11:29

        I am being optimistic and hoping in the near future soon I will be playing horror games as they were intended to be. Designed to scare the crap outta you. no pun intended.

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        • ToshZA

          March 13, 2014 at 11:30

          Time will tell. Kinect was supposed to revolutionise gaming. It didn’t. It depends on how widely it’s adopted by both consumers and developers – and how well those developers implement the tech.

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      • Kensei Seraph

        March 13, 2014 at 11:47

        My desk and wall are looking pretty empty right now.

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    • oOqUiS

      March 13, 2014 at 12:30

      It’s the future. It would be sad to think 20 years from now we’ll still be playing games like we have for the last 13+ years.

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  4. RinceIsIngwer

    March 13, 2014 at 11:29

    Dubious to say the least.

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  5. Gerhard

    March 13, 2014 at 14:12

    Well done Sony! Just when you start making a profit you find another hole to dump it in.

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  6. Truan Frames

    March 13, 2014 at 14:55

    I find it quite difficult to image that they will have better hardware than a company dedicated to the technology, but it will be interesting to see the results.

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