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Project Morpheus To Launch In First Half Of 2016

Sony have announced at their GDC Project Morpheus conference that their VR Headset is due to launch in the first half of 2016. Since it’s announcement a year ago, Sony have made a number of improvements based on feedback from consumers and developers. You can find an updated list of features and specs below.

OLED display
In exchange for the 5-inch LCD, the new Morpheus VR headset is equipped with a 5.7-inch 1920 x RGB x 1080 resolution OLED display. This new screen expands the field of view and enables low persistence, removes motion blur and flicker, both of which build immersion and help deliver the sense of presence for the player.

120fps output
By adopting OLED, Morpheus now supports 120fps output, and is able to render 120 images per second. Furthermore, via a system software update, all PS4 systems will handle native 120fps output when connected to Morpheus. By combining the OLED display’s high refresh rate and the power of the PS4 system, Morpheus produces amazingly smooth visuals and achieves the next level of immersion.

More accurate tracking and reduced latency
To make positional tracking more accurate with PlayStation®Camera, the new prototype has added three more LEDs to the headset for a total of nine. Morpheus continues to support 360 degree tracking, and additional LEDs improve robustness and stability. Additionally, the overall system has been optimized to reduce latency between the physical movement of a player’s head and rendering on the headset’s screen.

User-friendly design
While inheriting the original visor style headset design that reduces the pressure on the players’ face, the new Morpheus prototype features a single band and a quick release button, which makes it easier for players to put it on and take it off. Other components have also been adjusted and configured to make the headset lighter, so that players do not find the headset cumbersome or uncomfortable to use.

UPDATED SPECS OF PROJECT MORPHEUS

Component
Processor unit, VR headset

Display Method
OLED

Panel Size
5.7 inches

Panel Resolution
1920×RGB×1080 (960×RGB×1080 per eye)

Refresh rate
120Hz, 60Hz

Field of View
Approximately 100 degrees

Sensors
Accelerometer, Gyroscope

Connection interface
HDMI + USB

Function
3D audio, Social Screen

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