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Sony’s Morpheus might be the better, more accessible VR option

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Whether you like it or not, Virtual Reality is becoming a big thing. Again. The hyper, digital worlds afforded by video games are going to become more immersive, more engaging, and frightfully more expensive. As we’ve seen from the required specs for the Facebook owned Oculus Rift, you’re going to need a fancy machine to even experience VR, with an NVidia GTX 970 as the minimum spec. We don’t know what HTC and Valve’s Vive will need when it’s finally out. That will be released on Valve time though, and will also likely cost a fortune, and require some equally beefy specs. It’s all starting to make Sony’s PlayStation 4 VR headset, Morpheus, a lot more appealing.

When I got to play around with the then-latest Oculus Rift and Sony’s Morpheus last year, I was decidedly more impressed with Sony’s implementation of VR for a few reasons; it’s got the audio output built in to the device (Rift has followed suit, adding the same to its latest version), it had the control input figured out with PlayStation Move, and even in its earlier state, its actual VR was more “whole body” immersive and impressive. ARs Technica is inclined to agree, saying the Morpheus is “VR done right.”

The biggest problems with the Morpheus then were the PS4’s relative lack of power, and the pervasive screen-door effect that plagued the earlier Rift. They’re issues Sony’s seemed to fix. On the headset itself, Morpheus now supports 120Hz delivered by a pair of low persistence, OLED screens, delivering a crisp and smooth 1080p (RGB) display.

As for the PS4’s power? Apparently one of the most impressive, intriguing and impressive VR demo, the Unreal-Engine 4-powered Showdown demo is now running on Morpheus at 120Hz.

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On top of that, Sony’s started its own VR-focused, first-party studio. The company’s new studio North West, obviously named after Kanye’s kid, is built to deliver compelling First party Virtual Reality experiences, and is offering “exciting and rare opportunity to join an ambitious new studio to create original games exclusively for Project Morpheus, PlayStation’s VR platform.”

The only real stumbling block for Sony’s VR? Porn. We all know that the adult entertainment industry drives technology adoption, and Sony’s closed system won’t allow for Virtual Reality porn. Oculus, however, has said that they’ve no real problem with people jacking in, before jacking off.

The only commercial VR solution that’s scheduled to hit shops this year is Valve’s Vive – but the chances of that realistically happening are unlikely. Morpheus and the Rift are set to be released in next year. the first half of

Last Updated: May 20, 2015

47 Comments

  1. Admiral Chief's Adventure

    May 20, 2015 at 12:34

    You have a link for that Showdown video?

    Reply

    • Geoffrey Tim

      May 20, 2015 at 12:36

      Only this slowed-down teaser.

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief's Adventure

        May 20, 2015 at 12:39

        Tx, at least it is something

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        • Spathi

          May 20, 2015 at 12:40

          That’s what she said?

          *Hiehiehiehie*

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 20, 2015 at 12:42

            Seems like you heard that before?

          • Audacity (or-das-it-eeee-eee)

            May 20, 2015 at 12:43

            Cold

          • Spathi

            May 20, 2015 at 12:46

            Is that what she asked?

            *Hiehiehiehie*

          • Spathi

            May 20, 2015 at 12:43

            Something something your mom! 😛

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 20, 2015 at 12:46

            xD

  2. Hammersteyn

    May 20, 2015 at 12:47

    “North West, obviously named after Kanye’s kid” he’s such a retard.

    Reply

    • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

      May 20, 2015 at 13:19

      *Retard, as used in this case, would translate to a useless, air thieving, breathe wasting, sound wave polluting, artist insulting, self propagating, meaningless, sack of SH!T, ladies and gentlemen. In other words, a waste of human genes….

      Reply

  3. Hammersteyn

    May 20, 2015 at 12:50

    Stumbling block is porn? Reminds me of a Archer episode where Cyril and Krieger throws around porn terms and Archer has no idea what they are saying, arguing that he sleeps with real women and has no need for porn.

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    • geel slang

      May 20, 2015 at 13:37

      It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Asian creampies

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        May 20, 2015 at 13:48

        XD

        Reply

  4. Captain JJ Browman

    May 20, 2015 at 12:51

    I wonder if you’ll be able to download Steam’s VR.

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  5. Kromas,powered by windows 10.

    May 20, 2015 at 12:52

    “That will be released on Valve time though…”

    HTC has confirmed consumer release November 2015.

    Just saying.

    Reply

  6. Jonah Cash

    May 20, 2015 at 12:52

    So if Youporn (or whatever those type of sites names are)… ahem… if they start a category for VR porn couldn’t it just be watched through the browser on the PS4…. Just asking for a friend…

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    • Hammersteyn

      May 20, 2015 at 12:54

      Thanks I was to shy to ask………..oh crap wait….

      Reply

      • Jonah Cash

        May 20, 2015 at 12:56

        Hahahaha!!

        Reply

      • Captain JJ Browman

        May 20, 2015 at 12:56

        *too,
        Quickly, change it before Admiral arrives.

        Reply

        • Hammersteyn

          May 20, 2015 at 12:57

          to lazy 2 change two to too

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 20, 2015 at 12:57

            TWOche?

          • Hammersteyn

            May 20, 2015 at 12:57

            for the price of one

          • Captain JJ Browman

            May 20, 2015 at 12:59

            XD

        • Admiral Chief's Adventure

          May 20, 2015 at 12:57

          TOO late

          Reply

      • Admiral Chief's Adventure

        May 20, 2015 at 12:57

        See below response

        Reply

    • Kromas,powered by windows 10.

      May 20, 2015 at 12:55

      • Hammersteyn

        May 20, 2015 at 12:56

        This was on last night XD

        Reply

      • Jonah Cash

        May 20, 2015 at 12:56

        Yes something like this, just a little less non touching…

        Reply

    • Captain JJ Browman

      May 20, 2015 at 12:55

      Remember when Peter Parker used that line “for a friend” in the one Spider-Man movie?

      Reply

  7. RinceTheElfRoot

    May 20, 2015 at 13:00

    Valve time? What’s the Half Life of that?

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    • Captain JJ Browman

      May 20, 2015 at 13:01

      You’ll definitely not have to wait longer than 2.

      Reply

      • RinceTheElfRoot

        May 20, 2015 at 13:05

        lol

        Reply

      • Blood Emperor Trevor

        May 20, 2015 at 13:07

        That’s what she said.

        Reply

        • Captain JJ Browman

          May 20, 2015 at 13:08

          Two feet! It was two feet!

          Reply

    • konfab

      May 20, 2015 at 14:54

      About infinity over the log(2)

      Reply

  8. Blood Emperor Trevor

    May 20, 2015 at 13:00

    With the release of all these VR headsets it’ll soon be integral to our gaming experience. Just like the Kinect.

    Reply

    • Jonah Cash

      May 20, 2015 at 13:01

      Too soon man. You are going to put the MS bunnies in a tailspin.. Oh wait 180…180…180…180, they seem to have already got to the tailspin part.

      Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      May 20, 2015 at 13:01

      hahahaha

      Reply

  9. Chule Gcanga

    May 20, 2015 at 13:03

    My money,Jus take it…

    Reply

  10. Allykhat

    May 20, 2015 at 13:22

    Am I the only one looking at Morpheus as a screen replacement for lying in bed while the Mrs watches netflix instead of actual VR…?

    Reply

  11. Pieter Kruger

    May 20, 2015 at 13:59

    Pity no one will buy this, I mean we all know how PS gamers hate cameras…….????

    Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      May 20, 2015 at 14:22

      Too bad MS agrees,but you have a point. I’m not sold yet.

      Reply

  12. aseuss

    May 23, 2015 at 03:49

    It does seem that Morpheus is the better VR hardware right now. Strange that few gadget websites have reported on Sony opening up its own development studio, since hardware-software integration is key. Though there is copious coverage of Oculus Rift, even in the non-gadget media.

    Reply

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