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Sony to release Morpheus VR headset in the first half of 2016, unveils new prototype

Sony Computer Entertainment unveiled a new prototype of its code-named project Morpheus virtual reality headset at the Game Developers Conference. The new version of the device should improve user experience by enabling improved picture quality and tracking. In addition, Sony said that it will release its VR gear commercially in the first half of next year.

The improved prototype of the project Morpheus VR headset is equipped with a 5.7” OLED panel with 1920*1080 (960*1080 per eye) resolution, 120Hz refresh rate and 100-degrees field of view. The new prototype has added three more LEDs to the headset for a total of nine and now supports 360 degree tracking. Just like the predecessors, the new Morpheus is equipped with an accelerometer, a gyroscope and three-dimensional audio. However, Sony claims that the new one boasts with reduced latency between the physical movement of a player’s head and rendering on the headset’s screen.

Although the new headset features similar design as the original one, it has a number of major improvements, which reduce the pressure on the players’ face and lower the weight of the device. In addition, the new Morpheus prototype is equipped with a single band and a quick release button. The design of the VR headset is still not final.

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“With the technical specs achieved on the new prototype, we are one step closer to realizing our vision for making amazing VR experiences on PS4, and ultimately to deliver a real sense of presence to players,” said Shuhei Yoshida, president of SCE worldwide studios. “We believe that the near-final technology of Morpheus combined with the power of PS4 will provide a standard for game developers to target as they build on their creative ideas and turn them into VR games and experiences.”

While Sony announced plans to release tits project Morpheus VR headset in the first half of next year, the company did not disclose when exactly it plans to do this and how much the product is going to cost.

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KitGuru Says: Since Sony calls the current version of Morpheus nearly final, it is highly likely that the device will retain current resolution and sensors. While 960*1080 resolution per eye is not bad, it is not a lot too…

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