So there we have it: formally known as Project Morpheus, Sony has just renamed the company’s upcoming virtual reality headset to ‘PlayStation VR’. Short and simple.
Here are the 10 things you need to know about it:
1) WE CAN EXPECT FASTER GAMES
While PS4 games currently run at around 1080p 60 frames per second, any VR content will need to be double that, meaning Sony have a lot of work on their hands to achieve this sort of frame rate.
2) NOT AS ANTI-SOCIAL AS YOU MIGHT THINK
Quashing fears that VR heralds the dawn of anti-social gaming, this device has a HDMI output and USB port which will allow the action to beamed onto a TV screen and viewed by those not looking like the lost member of Daft Punk. This option will also aid multiplayer gaming.
3) USES REVOLUTIONARY SOUND
More than just revolutionising vision, Sony’s developers have only gone and designed a new 3D audio technology especially for Project Morpheus, offering users stereoscopic sounds in all direction depending on head rotation.
4) WEARABLE WITH GLASSES
The bespectacled among you can breathe easy: the Morpheus’s 1080p head-mounted display and 5-inch LCD panel (offering 960xRGBx1080 resolution per eye and 90-degree field view) can be used while donning your own specs.
5) USES PLAYSTATION CAMERA
Not for the lack of trying, the heavily-underrated PlayStation Camera didn’t exactly set the gaming world alight on its PS3 incarnation. But now that Project Morpheus is harnessing these previous features for tracking purposes, its potential is finally being realised.
6) TWO OPTIONS OF CONTROLLER
Along with the obvious noggin-titling sensor work, basic movement in-game can also be achieved by using either the DualShock 4 or PlayStation Move controllers.
7) TWO VERY DIFFERENT DEMOS SO FAR
The Deep, plunging you deep down in a hyper-realistic underwater cage, allows users (it’s not so much a game, so we’ll refrain from saying ‘players’) to exploit the system’s 360 degree ability and look behind them as a variety of sea-life floats by. The Castle, meanwhile, definitely is one for players, is a medieval actioner pitting you as a knight against a dragon, with a pair of Move controllers acting as your in-game hands as you do battle in a courtyard.
8) SURPRISINGLY COMFORTABLE
While certainly bulky looking, Sony claim it won’t put weight on your cheeks or nose; while the design also allows for airflow without the lenses fogging up.
9) NOT YET WIRELESS
Needless to say, ambling around your living room with a VR headset would be a great deal easier if there were no wires in the way. In current form, the prototype uses a 5m cable, something Sony is keen to change with an eventual wireless version.
10) IT WILL COST YOU £190
Though it won’t be released in the second half of 2016. Recommence thumb-twiddling.