Sony surprised its many fans when it revealed at the Tokyo Game Show that Project Morpheus would henceforth, be known as PlayStation VR. Project Morpheus is Sony?s much awaited virtual reality product and it is expected to help Sony take a lead in this particular sector of the gaming industry when it is unveiled to the world in the first half of 2016. However, the company has not yet announced the exact date for its launch.

The gaming world has been waiting for the launch of Project Morpheus with great anticipation, and more than a few people were shocked to find out that its name was being changed so close to its release date. While it has to be admitted that PlayStation VR is a simple and easily remembered name in keeping with Sony?s other gaming products, the name Morpheus has quite a fan following among enthusiastic gamers who have been talking about it in various online forums. Even its early developer versions are smooth and sophisticated, as with all products that Sony introduces to the market.

There was a lot of disappointment when Sony did not give sufficient importance to Project Morpheus in its E3 presentation earlier in June. Even so, the company did announce a multiplayer first person shooter game called Rigs. Unfortunately, there were no demos of any other virtual reality titles even though the company had indicated that they would showcase a few games.

Virtual reality is going to be the next big thing in the gaming world. In fact, there is a great deal of interest in the Oculus Rift head mounted virtual reality product also slated for launch in 2016. The absence of fanfare about PlayStation VR at E3 probably indicates that Sony is not planning an early 2016 launch for this product. This means that Oculus will have three or four months head start over VR.

There is also no indication about the price at which the product will eventually be available. However, the market for virtual reality is absolutely new. Companies that enter it do not know exactly what to expect. As a result, Sony is likely to make use of very low pricing in order to penetrate the market effectively. The new device will certainly not cost more than a PS4.

PlayStation VR is expected to be a technologically superior product that provides an excellent immersive experience thanks to its 5.7 inch OLED display and other features. However, the games that it initially releases are going to be much shorter than the usual video games that people play these days.

In all likelihood, Sony will offer a tighter and more focused gaming experience in place of the 50-odd hours of gaming that video games offer. Sony might even offer extra modes in their regular video games that can be played on VR devices. The company is expected to hedge its bets by releasing standalone titles only if its hardware sales justify the expense. The PlayStation VR is most certainly an excellent product to look forward to as are similar products from Microsoft, Samsung, HTC, and other manufacturers.


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