Here's Jimmy Fallon Trying PS4's Project Morpheus on The Tonight Show

Sony's virtual reality headset was demoed on Fallon's show last night.

Sony's VR headset, Project Morpheus, had perhaps its most high-profile showing yet when it appeared on The Tonight Show last night.

Project Morpheus was one of two pieces of technology, along with the impressive Lytro Illum camera, being shown off by The Verge editor-in-chief Joshua Topolsky. Host Jimmy Fallon seemed especially enthusiastic about getting to show off Project Morpheus--although, to be fair, he seems to be a big fan of most everything.

Fallon, along with actor Channing Tatum, both put Morpheus headsets on to try out a multiplayer demo that makes use of two PlayStation Moves, each of which serves as a hand. Starting at 1:47 in the video above, you can see what ensued when the two were put in the courtyard of what looks like a medieval castle.

As soon as Fallon puts the headset on, he starts looking around and expressing his amazement with what he sees. Once he has a Move in each hand, he begins to caress the face of a dummy before punching its head off. (As you do.) Tatum, meanwhile fires a crossbow before a dragon shows up, which Fallon then attempts to punch as the brief demo comes to an end.

This is far from the first time Fallon has featured something related to video games on one of his shows, although those appearances typically happened on Late Night, the program he hosted prior to taking over The Tonight Show in February. Fallon's shows have given time to everything from Kinect (back when it was called Project Natal) to Xbox One to PlayStation 4 to the Oculus Rift, and the former SNL cast member has even had the likes of Tim Schafer and Cliff Bleszinski on as guests.

At least as of yet, Sony has yet to announce many of the particulars, like a price or release date, that we're most interested in hearing about Project Morpheus, though we do know it will not be available this year. Morpheus, which works in conjunction with the PS4, is the original reason the DualShock 4 came equipped with a light bar.

Project Morpheus was first revealed in March and is very likely to be seen during E3 next week, so stay tuned to GameSpot for all the latest.

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Discussion

92 comments
Foppe
Foppe

I miss the old VR from 1991, being powered by the Amiga 3000.

Damn, my cellphone is faster than the Amiga 3000...

KingJames1089
KingJames1089

Screw these VR headsets. Just give me the nerve gear from Sword Art Online lol

amdreallyfast
amdreallyfast

With VR headsets being so close to the face, I think that I could actually use one WITHOUT glasses.  I can't focus beyond ~6 inches, but the screen will be much closer than that.  This could be fun.

Halloll
Halloll

VR could be what bring arcades back to life.

brad12d3
brad12d3

I am really interested in checking out all this VR stuff. I would definitely get a headset if it ended up being a well polished experience. The PS Move seems a bit shaky working with Morpheus though. MS could drop a bomb if they showed their own VR headset with a solid integration with Kinect 2. Kinect 2 has some unique possibilities when it comes to VR. I guess we'll find out in a couple of hours.

Pewbert
Pewbert

There is something very unlikeable about Jimmy Fallon. I think it's the eyes. I wouldn't trust him.

mr_azim
mr_azim

This is a great way to be taken seriously.....

mikees1
mikees1

Who in the hell is Jimmy Fallon?

trackles
trackles

That dragon looked lame.

snk0610
snk0610

Virtual Reality is the future.


The Next Revolution in the video games industry


Is about to begin.

Jab7604
Jab7604

call me old school but im still just happy with games on my TV screen and a controller in my hand, im kinda hoping the VR stuff will bomb along with motion controll and 3D gaming has

pezzott1
pezzott1

Price and release date please!!


off topic... the Illum camera is impressive. Would preorder if it wasnt so expensive!

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

I think it's fairly obvious this can't be used for a fully-fledged game at this point.

maanmkd
maanmkd

i get the feeling the sony entire e3 will be this with whatever game they have for it

bullsfan769
bullsfan769

Hopefully this tech becomes a big part of gaming though it still looks pretty raw right now.  I don't really play racing games but something like GT would be sick with this.

tasuga
tasuga

I love how the guy just says, "Oh... yeah it's a dragon." xD

bongsyas_23
bongsyas_23

can't wait.  looking forward to VR!

vihazur
vihazur

That camera he showed first was much more impressive.. So how long before they combine these two technologies?

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

Both Sony and MS only have half of the solution. MS has no VR to validate the body tracking of the Kinect. Sony has the VR headset but doesn't have a efficient way to track body movement. So they use the Move controllers. 

MS has to either announce their own VR headset or announce Oculus Rift support with Kinect body tracking. Or Sony will have to announce a body tracking device that will allow better movement tracking than 2 Move controllers. 

smackdowner360
smackdowner360

Looked horrible but damn jimmy fallon is funny.I still have to say im excited to see microsoft's VR tomorrow at E3.That with kinect would be amazing.No need to hold wands in your hands thats just outdated 

jasongm
jasongm

not impressed, why do we need this stuff again?

Evenglare
Evenglare

Looked very laggy with the move. 

sakaixx
sakaixx

damn the vr and move is damn responsive ! seriously damn awesome !

immortaltech6
immortaltech6

That camera was cooler than the Project "I love Neo."

berserker66666
berserker66666

QUICK. Block Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook before he buys this too.

elbauto
elbauto

That guy couldn't say a thing. Fallon was screaming all the time, Hillarious!

swantn5
swantn5

-.- let the hype machine continue

Halloll
Halloll

@amdreallyfast I have an Oculus Rift devkit and it saddens me to say this but you still need to wear your eye glasses/contact lenses or everything you see will be out of focus.

amdreallyfast
amdreallyfast

@Halloll I could see that.  The big draw of VR is motion tracking and immersion, which, outside fo flight sims, could require a dedicated space for you to move and turn.  I would pay a few dollars to spend a half hour doing that.

predatorGS
predatorGS

@Jab7604 sure, because you don't like it, screw the rest.

both will always be here (screen and VR)

A8ADD0N
A8ADD0N

@naryanrobinson 


No kidding. This looks entirely too unintuitive to be useable for anything other than gimmicky nonsense.

kyyylekey
kyyylekey

@bunchanumbers Sony already has a solution, the Morpheus can use the PS Eye along with the lightbar on the DS4 to track movement too.

ccgod
ccgod

@jasongm its called evolution eventually we'll all get rooms like in gamer but for now its this and eventually you'll be able to just use your brain to play it 

brad12d3
brad12d3

@kyyylekey @bunchanumbers Yes, they had the eye cameras up on stands in the Fallon video. This was the complete set up and it looked pretty shaky. Reminds me of when Kudo tsunoda tried to show everyone the bottom of an avatar's show when showing the original kinect. However, I think Kinect 2 has a lot more promise when it comes to VR than the PS Move system. That's if MS has a VR headset to show. They may not.

Psycold
Psycold

@amdreallyfast @Halloll It really depends how blind you are, for me both my eyes are -5.50, I have a hard time seeing detail or being able to read most print unless I am right up to it. I only wear contacts though so I don't need to take them out when I use my DK1.