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    Sony set to go big with virtual reality on PlayStation 4

    From: http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/20...-playstation-4

    Sony plans to enter the virtual reality gaming space in a big way with PlayStation 4, Eurogamer can reveal.

    Amid the growing popularity of the Oculus Rift VR headset among the development community and a small number of gamers, Sony has been working on a rival device for its next-gen console, and it is on track to be revealed in 2014.

    Multiple sources have indicated to Eurogamer that Sony's VR headset will work similarly to Oculus'. Internally, the device has been demonstrated with Evolution Studios' PS4 racer DriveClub, with players able to look around the $#@!pit of a car.

    Evolution's involvement comes as no surprise - the Liverpool studio is home to the Worldwide Studios Stereoscopic 3D team, which has worked on 3D game development since 2008. The team, and 3D chief Mick Hocking, have been relatively quiet since PlayStation's ill-fated 3D push in 2011.

    Sony also has form with headmounted displays. The 1000 HMZ-T2 is a personal 3D viewer that can be used with 3D games and HD movies. It includes an OLED 720p panel for each eye that renders 3D pictures in high-contrast detail. Eurogamer reviewed its predecessor, the HMZ-T1, in late 2011. The Oculus Rift performs much better than the HMZ-T2 for games, and Sony hopes to one-up the rival device with its own offering.

    Eurogamer understands Sony's VR headset was set to appear in some form at German show Gamescom last week, but was pulled. We now expect it to be unveiled next year.

    Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida declined to comment when asked about VR in an interview with Eurogamer at Gamescom. "We don't talk about that," was all he'd say. This week Sony Computer Entertainment Europe declined to comment when contacted by Eurogamer.

    Meanwhile, Eurogamer has heard that Oculus, maker of Oculus Rift, has attracted a number of potential suitors who are interested in buying the company, but it remains resistant to the idea while it continues to work towards the release of the long-awaited consumer version.

    Oculus founder Palmer Luckey told Eurogamer in a recent interview: "As far as getting acquired: that's not on the table.

    "If people like Microsoft and Sony did come out and make their own head-mounted display, though, it would really just validate the market," he added. "There's certainly room for more than just one person in this market. Right now we're the only people in it. It would just show that VR really is - that it's important and it's here to stay."

    At Gamescom, where Oculus showed off the HD version of its Rift headset, we asked COO Laird Malamed what he'd think if Microsoft or Sony entered the VR headset market. He replied: "They're big companies with lots of resources. For us we'd say good. With John Carmack coming over as our CTO, we've had a great Kickstarter campaign, they continue to be great supporters, but we're still a start-up.

    "VR's had a lot of failures in the past, and so the more people that enter the market is good because developers that ultimately have to develop the content, they know they'll have people playing their games which is better for all of us."

    There also remains the possibility that both Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony may facilitate Oculus Rift compatibility with their consoles, and Oculus is often asked about potential deals with first parties.

    "They're a little busy," Malamed told Eurogamer. "We've chatted, but they're trying to bring their new consoles out. It's a possibility - it would work. It's the same thing as iOS - it could technically work, but the business side isn't there."

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    I'm still not so sure about people being ready for something like this, and it will probably come at a high price so that makes it even harder to reach the masses. But color me interested on this.


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    I would have thought it would be MS going down that route, that would finally be an interesting use for kinect.
    Come up with force feedback gloves and it's lawnmower man.


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    I'd like to check it out some day, see how cool it is. I can't imagine it's something I'd ever adapt as a staple of my gaming experience though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave-The-Rave View Post
    Until it comes in a sleeker package at least the general public won't embrace it.
    The public in a sense have already embraced SONY's HMZ-T2. I have one and it's bat **** crazy.

    This is supposedly the T3, improving on comfort yet again with wireless playback!!!

    If this is legit, SONY is on fire like its 1999.
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    Have you tried the rift? If so, how is it?

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    If they can get the price cheap enough then I can see this taking off.


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    Can you imagine an ace combat vr game? Damn.

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    I want to see a good .Hack// MMORPG using this. I can't see it being big until next-next generation of gaming.







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    I'm pretty interested in OR, and they're aiming for a relatively affordable price for the consumer edition - so hopefully this isn't completely off the table.

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    In any case, i'll be buying the HMZ-T3 day one for those interested
    Not sure if i'll sell my T2 or give it to the family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mickice View Post
    In any case, i'll be buying the HMZ-T3 day one for those interested
    Not sure if i'll sell my T2 or give it to the family.
    How is it? I've never had the opportunity to try it.

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    I'll be waiting until the following items can be said about a VR platform. < $100 console add-on, > 10 games that I actually would be interested in playing, wireless, battery life of > 5hrs.

    I may be waiting a long time, but I still see this as being limited to a very Niche market until those objectives are met. Until then I'll continue to be happy playing on the big screen.



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    Nothing new at all... I remember many companies trying this
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    Like other says, if they can get the cost of items like this down and the tech is in fact good, then this would be real good, but personally i still think we are at lest a gen away from this type of thing still.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave-The-Rave View Post
    Until it comes in a sleeker package at least the general public won't embrace it.
    Yeah, until it's in a contact lense form I won't be caught dead in something so dumb looking.

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    Google glass's would be a perfect touch for sony to do this.. Their own Sony Glass's for Virtually Gaming
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    Was always likely Sony had their own version in devlopment. I have big concerns over the rift because I have a squint in one eye. So I really hope Sony's headset is similar to their current HMZ, which wouldn't such an issue as the OR

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    It would be so sweet to play Wipeout with a VR headset. All those steep drops would make my stomach rise up a bit. I really want this to happen for games like Wipeout and whatever else. This would be a day 1 sale if it's priced right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mickice View Post
    The public in a sense have already embraced SONY's HMZ-T2. I have one and it's bat **** crazy.

    This is supposedly the T3, improving on comfort yet again with wireless playback!!!

    If this is legit, SONY is on fire like its 1999.
    I've tried the T2, and it's cool, but it's honestly not even in the same league in terms of immersion as even the low resolution Oculus dev model. I tried the Oculus a little over a month ago and it was the coolest gaming experience I've ever had, and I immediately ordered a dev kit, which I expect sometime in the next 2 weeks. If Sony can match the immersiveness of the Oculus, then they'll have something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lord flasheart View Post
    I would have thought it would be MS going down that route, that would finally be an interesting use for kinect.
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    meh. MS has it's plate full already with Kinect and the whole TV thing.

    Quote Originally Posted by sneezymarble View Post
    I've tried the T2, and it's cool, but it's honestly not even in the same league in terms of immersion as even the low resolution Oculus dev model. I tried the Oculus a little over a month ago and it was the coolest gaming experience I've ever had, and I immediately ordered a dev kit, which I expect sometime in the next 2 weeks. If Sony can match the immersiveness of the Oculus, then they'll have something.
    Oh man, I hope Oculus will make it. With so many people impressed by it, I'm very curious to say the least.
    Can't wait to play a Dead Space with an Oculus like device. Bring the future already!
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    Quote Originally Posted by shepard View Post
    Have you tried the rift? If so, how is it?
    Its amazing man really good, I also tried it at Siggraph on a virtual architectural walk-through. Had a remote to grab things too, pretty cool just sit down if you ever try it.

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