Watch People's Reactions To Using PS4 Headset Project Morpheus

Sony releases "Faces of Morpheus" video.

Sony brought its PlayStation 4 virtual reality headset Project Morpheus to E3 earlier this month, allowing attendees to try out the upcoming head-mounted display. Now, Sony has published a video called "Faces of Morpheus" that highlights people's reactions to using it.

Some of the buzzwords Sony uses to describe people's reactions include, "anticipation," "trepidation," "concentration," "joy," "captivation," "fascination," "wonder," and "excitement." Of course, virtual reality does not affect everyone in the same way. It's important to note that Sony is putting forward here in this video only the most positive reactions to users' experiences.

Some of the demos shown in the video include space dogfighting game Eve: Valkyrie and a game called The Deep, which takes you on a virtual trip to the depths of the ocean (and there are sharks). Comedian Conan O'Brien also tried Project Morpheus at E3, and his demo got a little weird.

Project Morpheus was announced at GDC 2014, just days before Facebook made the surprise announcement that it would buy Oculus VR--maker of the Oculus Rift headset--for $2 billion. Like Oculus Rift, the Project Morpheus headset is not yet available in a consumer version. Sony has ruled out a 2014 launch for the headset, and has promised that it won't sell for $1000.

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lycan329
lycan329

without I doubt I wish the best for sony oculus an Samsung because they have the content an material there to make it golden only problem is hardware so if any of the 3 get it right well there you go VR will become a common thing im waiting for Microsoft to stop being lazy an join the club the more people trying to develop 1 the more chances someone will get it right so I wish the best for them all

itz_sinz
itz_sinz

I guess they've edited out the videos of people barfing to motion sickness.

sivanandravi
sivanandravi

Buzz words are not enough to sell your product, Sony..  Unless you define the in-vehicle experience of batmobile in arkham knight with that thing.. That thing will never be next big thing in gaming world... Same goes for oculus rift

indigodoe
indigodoe

All these people winning about VR. Are any of you real gamers?? I don't believe so because if you were you would at least be interested in fully enveloping yourself in a game through VR.

iknowthepiecesf
iknowthepiecesf

It isolates you from the real World and gives you head/neckaches. This was a bad idea at the first place. I can't understand why someone will want to use this instead of a 27" monitor.

BFKZ
BFKZ

Lol the guy dying to take a leak "Anticipation"

Pewbert
Pewbert

What a lovely free advert for Sony.

DarthLod
DarthLod

More worthless gimmicks.

unknownerror171
unknownerror171

I'm excited for this, sure it may not be perfect when it first releases, but they'll eventually get it. Sony does have their own line of 3D viewer glasses so they're kind of players in this filed already. Sure, it may not be true VR but I've read good things about this line. I agree though, they may not nail it and it may be a while before they do, that's why I hope they take their time on it and release it when they get it down. No man's Sky and Morpheous should be great together, or a game similar to it. I don't care who nails it first, MS, Oculus, Sony, Nintendo, Samsung, NIKE I don't care as long as this becomes a reality. Everyone hating on the idea is hating just to hate on Sony (not all, but I see a lot of Anti-Sony in here) Ya'll need to relax and think as gamers, not fan boys :) 

Chatch09
Chatch09

Ever since the Killzone 3 E3 gameplay incident (that was actually CGI), I dont believe anything from Sony until I experience it for myself.

gameransa
gameransa

How are they going to fix the motion sickness? I'm one of those people that can't play VR games, for one. I think this is the main obstacle for its success. If devs can't fix this issue, people won't be able to play it.

http://www.gameraddictnotsoanonymous.com

Hurvl
Hurvl

Faces of Morpheus? Morpheus only has one face and it's the face of Laurence Fishburne.

Blumper
Blumper

I think this is a terrible video. I'm already cautiously onboard with this tech, wherever I end up getting it from, but this cheap dog and pony show is just off-putting.


It doesn't take any effort to catch a few people wearing the Morpheus on camera and ascribe pretty much any emotion you want to whatever the bottom half of their faces appear to be doing. The couple of people who actually vocalized seemed to be just clowning for the camera.

Darkangel2154
Darkangel2154

... That was dumb. at the end someone said it was good. VR will be great just wait lol. just not with this early clown addition.

fig56
fig56

VR will fail. It should have stayed dead in the 80's.

blackace
blackace

Looks ok, but we'll see how much is cost and what games support it when it's released. I have a feeling it will cost more then the PS4 itself. If that's the case, I'd wait awhile for more games and a significant price cut.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

Those faces made are strikingly similar to those made by people playing good video games on their t.v screen, except you can actually see more  of their faces than their mouth, since they don't have some big clunky-ass thing on their face.

franken_stein
franken_stein

Looks uncomfortable and while I don't want to be negative im sorry this is niche and will amount to Nintendo's Virtual Boy as far as sales likely go. Maybe someday VR gaming will be in every living room but just as with MS and  digital, Sony is putting the cart before the horse. No matter how cool it is it likely costs more than its really worth having. And having that strapped on your dome for anymore than 30 minutes would be uncomfortable. Migraines incoming.

meatz666
meatz666

I don't know how it will work in FPSs, but I'm sure that as soon as I start controlling the camera with a mouse/thumb, the immersion is broken.

matt915x
matt915x

I don't care if its Microsoft or Sony I just wana try something new and it looks fun

ptown58
ptown58

Sorry, looks like more vapor ware to fill the dumps with as far as the public goes. (could see doctors...etc using them maybe)

battlefront1943
battlefront1943

Although one commercial certainly doesn't answer every question about MORPHEUS, there's now enough commercial and critical analysis of SONY's VR to at least say...

... "it works."

Until now that's been the major question...  and it's been answered.  This is the reason Palmer Luckey is constantly making PR's now -- OR is going to get to the big dance late, MORPHEUS is going to get to market first.  OR may be the best VR (although we don't know at this point beyond Luckey's talk), but price, ease-of-use, and market entrance are going to be tantamount.  Many great tech gadgets have lost at retail because they came out late and were costly; the best tech isn't always the winner.

As for 30fps, I think Luckey has spun that dry.  SONY is certainly currently limiting their VR to 30fps in order to facilitate a faster entrance to market.  It's almost guaranteed that MORPHEUS will move to 60fps sometime post-release (probably within a year of release).

Overall, I'm cautiously optimistic that MORPHEUS will be worth the money.  In fact, I'm liking the tech more and more.  OR on the other hand is suffering under FACEBOOK's palm and Luckey's constant PR attacks (he's just slightly above Phil Fish at this point); I liked OR much more when they were quietly making VR tech on their own and felt the quality of their work spoke for itself -- the plucky startup-turned-FACEBOOK hubris of Luckey and co. is kind of repulsive now.   

RevLux
RevLux

@itz_sinz  It's generally a bad idea to broadcast negative aspects of your product in your promotional videos. Except in the case of prescription medicine side effects of course.

Jkouw
Jkouw

@itz_sinz Motion sickness should be less prevalent when the games are actually made to be used with VR not just modded to work with it.

RevLux
RevLux

@sivanandravi  "Buzz words are not enough to sell your product..."

Oh man, there goes Sony's entire marketing strategy. (Yes, that was sarcasm)

lycan329
lycan329

@indigodoe  I question whether or not your a true gamer because there are plenty of games I know I personally would love to play in VR just expierence it espically the rpg easily I can name 6th 7th 8th gen games that would be great


RPG- .hack, fable, final fantasy (10 12 13series), mass effect, kingdom hearts, skyrim, white knight chronicles, assassin creed(I consider adventure/rpg), monster hunter super Mario 64(yes before all the gen I said but still its Mario who doesn't love Mario) etc etc


FPS- Mag, Cod, BF, Gears of war, Destiny(alpha looked/played amazing) Titanfall. Killzone, etc etc


I could go on but I think you get the point by now there are a lot of games that would make great in the VR community more RPG then any others so the question is are you a real gamer because your comment makes no sense at all unless you are a casual gamer then in which case it makes sense but with the comment of are any of us real gamers im taking it your a hardcore gamer any REAL gamer knows its plenty of content an material there for the VR community I hope it goes well with both Sony an oculus


RevLux
RevLux

@iknowthepiecesf  This just in: you are not forced to wear the headset until you die. The focus group for that idea was surprisingly negative...

Stogin
Stogin

@Chatch09 Jesus dude, what was that, like 6 years ago? Get over it man!

RevLux
RevLux

@gameransa  Some people will never be able to experience V.R. w/o at least some nausea unfortunately. Though they have made great strides in eliminating many of the most common causes.

jemoedr
jemoedr

@gameransa I'm sure they're working on it. It actually was mentioned a few time by the Oculus development team. Some of them had the same issue i believe.

jemoedr
jemoedr

@fig56 I doubt it would fail as hard as 3d television. 

eddieham13
eddieham13

@fig56 Because technology hasn't changed in 30 years...

hystavito
hystavito

@blackace It all depends on who Sony is targeting.  Sony does have some boutique kinda products that are very expensive and not intended for a larger market, but if they really want to bring this to a substantial portion of PS4 owners as a much more mainstream device, it will have to be priced accordingly.


I guess another way to look at it, does Sony see a lot of potential in the market?  If they do, then of course it has to be affordable and they would try to make money on volume or perhaps increased software sales.  If they don't, or think it's several years away, then it will be one of their expensive just for PR type products.

Thretosix
Thretosix

@fgjnfgh This is also the reason Oculus Rift will fail and why Facebook should have never intervened.  Before the acquisition by Facebook, the people pumping money into the Oculus Rift kickstarter would have paid that kind of money.  I'm pretty sure those people will not give a cent to Facebook version of Oculus Rift.  Which makes you wonder who they will sell these things to.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@spacecadet25 The eyes are the windows to the soul and since their eyes are covered we can't look into their souls and see what they really feel about this thing. That's why I don't think this video proves anything.

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

@battlefront1943 They're different markets.  Morpheus is for the PS4.  Oculus Rift is for the PC.  If you have both and play equally on both, then there's competition.

Deadlysyns87
Deadlysyns87

@blackace @scraper2k A Future no one wants Microsoft can't push their future on gamers. They learned that the hard way. Sony see's what consumers want and creates it. Like a good Company would.

Th4R
Th4R

@Deadlysyns87 

Like 3D to push their struggling TV sales and which hardly anyone uses now?


Sony is taking their bets on what might become profitable in the industry and now that Oculus became kinda popular, they are taking their bets on VR, that's all. Companys like Sony and MS only "care" so much about the consumer to keep them happy enough to spend a lot of money on their products.

imajinn
imajinn

@Deadlysyns87 Keep telling yourself that. Sony and MS are the same. Whatever can make em get people to give em a profit. If what you said was true there would have never been a quote of "get another job" to afford a ps3 during last gen.