Sony to Launch Virtual Reality Headset In 2016

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Sony revealed a new prototype of its virtual reality set Project Morpheus at this week’s Game Developers Conference, and plan to launch it for the PlayStation 4 during the first half of 2016.

The latest version of Morpheus boasts a 5.7-inch, 1920 x 1080 OLED display, output of 120 frames per second, improved tracking and reduce latency, which will create a more stable experience.

Sony says developers will be able to get their hands on a Morpheus prototype within 16 months of launch.

“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,” says Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios, in a statement.

Sony also announced global sales of its popular PS4 video game console topped 20.2 million through March 1.

The new details for Morpheus arrive as more companies take the plunge into virtual reality. During the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Samsung unveiled an updated version of its Gear VR, while HTC announced it is partnering with Valve Software on its own virtual reality headset. Meanwhile, established players such as Oculus continue to fine-tune their VR headsets for an eventual consumer launch.

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SOURCE: Brett Molina
USA TODAY

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