PS4 dev: Virtual reality and augmented reality "the future of gaming"

Sony Online Entertainment development director David Georgeson says he is "hugely interested" in Project Morpheus.

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What will the future of gaming look like? According to EverQuest studio Sony Online Entertainment's development director David Georgeson, virtual reality and augmented reality experiences are what's in store down the line.

"VR and AR are things that I personally am extremely excited about. I honestly think that’s the future of gaming," he told IGN.

During GDC 2014 last month, Sony officially announced its virtual reality head-mounted display Project Morpheus, which features a 1080p display and a 90 degree field of view. You won't need to pay $1000 for the tech and it won't launch this year, but that's all we know.

Xbox maker Microsoft is also reportedly working on an unspecified VR/AR initiative.

Outside of a handful of tech demos, Sony has not announced any games that will officially support the Project Morpheus. However, Georgeson teased that we could see Project Morpheus support for future SOE games down the road.

"I will tell you this though: I’m hugely interested in Project Morpheus," he said. "So… we’ll see what happens." SOE is currently working on EverQuest Next and EverQuest Next Landmark.

Driveclub developer Evolution Studios experimented with Project Morpheus, but the results left much to be desired, and now the game will not have any VR support whatsoever.

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Discussion

76 comments
aplata91
aplata91

The main problem with VR is simulation sickness; that's going to drive most consumers away regardless of the platform. Any sort of latency issues and unnatural motions will drive your body nuts. As amazing as the experience can be, I don't know many people who would continue to use it at the risk of getting sick with each play.


AR has more potential because of the rise of wearable tech and the lack of any associated sickness. AR just doesn't get the same amount of press as VR so most people are unfamiliar with it. But imagine playing a "Nerf Zombies"-type of game with a simple controller and a 'Google Glass'-type of device (something better would of course be necessary). You could take an experience like that anywhere. In tangent, an augmented reality game in production that has potential is Clandestine: Anomaly by Zenfri (http://zenfri.com/) but it is more Tower Defense than FPS. 


The main limitation for AR is hardware, whereas VR has dedicated devices such as Morpheus and Oculus Rift (still in production of course). The only "dedicated" AR devices are the Epson Moverio BT-200s and Project Tango, which aren't really meant for gaming by any means. 


Neither VR or AR are the "future of gaming" but they'll each have their impact. I imagine AR will be more mainstream because of it is applicable to consumer devices (smart phones, tablets, wearables, etc.) while VR will be mainly a niche genre because of the need for specialized devices and natural seculsiveness. We'll see what happens though.

vlainstrike
vlainstrike

This ain't your daddy's VR. They say the Rift makes converts on contact. Hopefully VR will have a strong showing at E3 this year. Until then, I expect the cries of fad/gimmick to continue unabated.

Also, motion controls and VR are made for each other. The only reason motion controls haven't succeeded yet is because VR was absent. Think about it.

heinrich_s
heinrich_s

Reading these comments from gamers are just silly. If You don't like VR, don't use it. Simple. Keep using Your TV and when VR goes into your eyes or contact lenses then come aboard.


And LOL at people on here talking about Holodecks, a pure piece of fiction that generates matter from nothing in a room. Now I love TNG, but remember this show had Fat *** computers in it and our cell phones today are smaller then their communicators and it's what like the 23rd century for them? It's mostly because Human thinking is linear and not exponential. People in the 80s thought that people in the 23rd century would still have Gigantic Computers that do simple tasks. And Robots who get sick :P


Science Fiction isn't the best thing to compare technological advancement with, You should actually study what real Scientists and Engineers are working on in the real world.


But all in all, I do see fear in these comments, 3DTV was a failure but it never got reception like the Rift has gotten, not ONCE. I've heard nothing but good and more good from developers and the people at GDC.

triton1977
triton1977

Brace your'selves.

Motion sickness is coming.

ThatAngryMan
ThatAngryMan

I am afraid it will turn out like vita, a high piece of tech but just lacking games, I am on no way implying vita is a failure but its still a dissapointment to a certain degree

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

It might be, but not now and certainly not on the Ps4 which will not be able to output 3D 1080p on 60fps. OR is interessting (I actually own Dev Kit 1 and have Dev Kit 2 preordered), but it still has to prove it is worth its price

insloanwetrust
insloanwetrust

The future of gaming? Not sure about that myself. Definitely not the immediate future of gaming. Until it's in millions and millions of people's homes and many different devs, studios, publishers back it and support it then it won't be the future. By 2017 you'll probably still have never used one to play a Sony game on your PS4.

blueboxdoctor
blueboxdoctor

Well I guess I'll have to drop out if it's the future of gaming, I can barely do 3D without getting a headache.  I suppose it's cool for those who can do it but I'll have to pass.

Llama345
Llama345

"Motion controls *The future of gaming*"

Stebsis
Stebsis

Why exactly do people seem to want VR etc. to fail? If they don't do this how will they ever perfect this technology and make something truly amazing that isn't just a gimmick? Should they just stop because it's failed before and some people don't like it? Of course not, they should keep making this stuff because it gets better all the time. Even devices like Kinect have done so much for motion controls even if it's not nowhere near perfect, but it's a big step.

vackillers
vackillers

What game is that picture of? anyone know? looks pretty awesome with all that fire effects

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Future........ Shmuture


Yet another band-wagon Fad for company's to jump on I see.


Sure im sure VR will have its application uses, wheather Gaming will become a widespread one will remain to be seen, although I am as sceptical about this as I was about the 3D band-wagoning

chrisx2k3
chrisx2k3

VR. LOL. That's not the immediate future of sh*t. Sony is headed towards bankruptcy and they're spending money on that risky project? What a joke. XBO has all of the momentum now. Sony, you need games and OS updates, badly. Simple as that.

sandfox80
sandfox80

No chance! 


I don't want to sit with some contraption strapped to my face.


If I want to have a drink, go to the toilet, answer my phone, etc. I have to take it off, then fart around putting it back on. An audio headset is one thing but they really dont take much adjusting.


Not to mention that many people will probably get headaches.


VR is totally anti social and will be a bigger failure than 3DTV.




nurnberg
nurnberg

The different futures of gaming : DLC (failed), mobile gaming (failed), 3D (failed), f2p (failed), micro-transactions (failed), motion controls (failed).  Let's add virtual reality to the list.

Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

The same way motion controls or 3D were the future too, right?

Norb_
Norb_

It's just called "Landmark" now not "Everquest Next Landmark" - there was too much confusion over the name.


kujel
kujel

VR is not the future for sure, AR has more potential in that regard and it's not the future either!

CptJohnnyRico
CptJohnnyRico

virtual reality will get old real fast, when people are knocking over cups of water and searching for there mouse and keyboards or controller with there hands, constantly lifting up the VR headset just to see whats going on around it, VR is not the future of gaming.

kvan33
kvan33

It is A future in gaming, not THE future of gaming.

merimack
merimack

Blah blah.. They also told us back in the day that three dimensional game worlds were going to be the future of gaming. Boy were they wrong. 2D platformers will always be king in gaming...

Meta_Dragon
Meta_Dragon

It's not the future of gaming, and neither was motion controls, 3D, or Kinect. Sorry to disappoint you.

GrendelSP
GrendelSP

Honestly, I don't think this is the future of gaming. The holodeck may be. But not a head mounted display. I need to be able to watch my kids. 

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

I'm excited to see what new games and other experiences will arise as a result of this VR tech.

megakick
megakick

I see a lot of lawsuits in Sony's future...

shingui5
shingui5

"PS4 dev: Virtual reality and augmented reality "the next gimmick of gaming" "

Fixed. 

jimmy_russell
jimmy_russell

It's been the future of gaming for 20 years, basically since the first Holodeck appeared in Star Trek. The future is now, though. Time to stop dreaming and start preparing.

playstationzone
playstationzone

They said Motion controller was going to be future of gameing after poor sales man where they wrong and it will repeat with VR low sales.

atopp399
atopp399

Lol, they said the same thing about 3D gaming.  This is yet another fad that requires an expensive peripheral and requires you to have equipment strapped to your face.  No thanks.

Xr1s
Xr1s


@blueboxdoctor One of the problems with regular 3D is that both images have to appear on the same screen, so you get clipping effects when the second image should actually be projected off screen, That and the fact that your eyes are focussing on something that is apparently closer or further than the actual true plane of focus. At least one of these a 3D headset will not suffer from ... the other requires display technology we aren't likely to have any time soon (likely holography or direct projection onto the retina). 

vlainstrike
vlainstrike

@Llama345  Motion controls are impotent without VR. The two techs go hand in hand. Open your imagination up to the possibilities.

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

@chrisx2k3  The PS4 has plenty of games coming. Both sides have equal opportunity, I don't see why you have to hate on either. If the Wii U had third party support like the XBO/PS4 it'd be golden too.

vlainstrike
vlainstrike

@sandfox80  Learn the meaning of "presence" as it relates to VR, and then maybe you will start to understand where this tech is headed, and why FB would invest 2 friggin BILLION dollars into unproven tech.

heinrich_s
heinrich_s

@sandfox80 I'm sorry. But Online Gaming in and of itself should be considered anti social then. Lan multiplayer is mostly dead. So what you are saying is that You think a TV screen is more social somehow?

And how is a 0.97lb device cumbersome? 

spikepigeo
spikepigeo

@sandfox80  "VR is totally anti social..."


funny how a social network, ahem, THE social network, bought a VR company, right? It's like Zuck has so much money to spend he's buying out companies that are the antithesis of his.

masato_indou
masato_indou

@nurnberg uh ok, can you give us some proof of how DLC, Mobile gaming, 3D, f2p, Motion Controls failed then? hehehe you're picture says it all :D

vlainstrike
vlainstrike

@nurnberg  You keep using that word... I do not think it means what you think it means.

shingui5
shingui5

@nurnberg  "DLC (failed), "

Hate to be the bearer of bad news..... 

Well, i sya bad news, but i like DLC, so w/e. 

fredyellowone
fredyellowone

@merimack But one day, they will be right.  What you expect, that we are going to play on 2d television for 1000 years to come?

sleepyinmorning
sleepyinmorning

@GrendelSP it depends on how flexible it is,i mean 3d for normal movie was a headache,3d tv owner

m_bd89
m_bd89

@playstationzone And they also told us that 3D is the future of gaming. Anyway we all know the drill by now, expect many E3s focused more on gimmicks and peripherals being shoved down our throats, than on actual games.

Stebsis
Stebsis

@playstationzone But if they don't do this, the technology can't advance. Even if it sells poorly, it'll still be big step for the future. I don't really get why people don't seem to want them even trying when it does take mistakes to perfect it. Kinect and the like have advanced motion controls too and it'll get better and better.

sleepyinmorning
sleepyinmorning

@playstationzone hmm maybe it will be now as devs see it as a part of package,just maybe,but yeah there have been some great concepts

pigpup
pigpup

@atopp399  at least they arent forcing it on you like the kinect gimmick on the bone.

mr_nee
mr_nee

@sleepyinmorning they could actually show some fake kid safe footage on second screen to mislead other ppl in the room