The head-mounted virtual reality headset, the Oculus Rift is probably one of the most exciting bits of videogame technology in recent memory. Sony worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida reportedly tried it out, and was pretty pleased with it; and now it seems Sony’s getting in on the VR bandwagon.
Instead of adding support for the nearly mature Rift though; it seems that Sony wants to develop its own virtual reality headset for the PlayStation 4. Eurogamer’s sources say that the PlayStation VR headset “will work similarly to Oculus Rift” and has been demoed within Sony, working with Evolution Studios’ DriveClub, allowing players to look around the cockpit of a car.
The interesting bit here is that Evolution houses the internal Sony Worldwide Studios Stereoscopic 3D team that was responsible for the big (and spectacularly failed) 3D gaming push, adding a bit of credence to the rumour.
Making it even more plausible is the fact that Sony already has a few consumer-level head-mounted 3D displays in production – though they’re rather expensive, and apparently heavy and uncomfortable – very much unlike the Rift. The super-secret device was apparently supposed to be demoed at Gamescom, but Sony pulled out at the very last second, leaving every single attendee pregnant…
…with anticipation for the peripheral’s apparent unveiling next year.
Last Updated: September 4, 2013