Virtual reality could soon become a reality

By JON-PAUL GALEAS/Montana State News

Since the time video games became part of gamer’s lives, they’ve all wondered and dreamed of the day we can leave the controllers and TV’s behind and enter virtual reality.

“You spend countless hours playing these games that take place in another reality and sometimes you wonder, what if I could actually play in that world? Be a part of the game and be in that world.” Said local gamer Javi Grandia

Though Oculus VR’s Oculus Rift, an independent company’s own virtual reality gaming headset that was funded through Kickstarter, has been at the forefront of the virtual reality comeback, Sony has been rumored to be secretly working on a VR headset of their very own.

Rumors about Sony’s suspected VR headset started to go around last September when it was believed that the company planned to reveal it at Germany’s GamesCom conference last year, but they canceled the showing at the last minute.

Soon after, many believed that the Tokyo Game Show would be the place Sony would unveil the project, but that proved to be untrue as well.

Now, new rumors have surfaced about Sony’s VR headset, and if TechRadar’s reports are true, Sony will be showing it off at this year’s Game Developers Conference (GDC).

TechRadar’s source tells them, “Sony has deliberately taken its time to tweak and polish the headset before revealing it.”

This could explain the previous no-shows, especially if you consider that its first appearance will be judged closely in comparison to the Oculus Rift.

Their source went on to say, “the quality and resolution are really, really good. People will definitely be impressed with what Sony has built.”

The GDC schedule gives some clues as to where and when Sony might be showing off their VR headset. Chris Norden, a senior staff developer support engineer at Sony, is hosting a GDC session titled “Creating Unique Interactive Experiences with the PlayStation 4″ March 19.

According to the GDC website, “This presentation will explore technical capabilities and new features of the PlayStation 4’s new input devices. Attendees will leave this presentation with a better understanding of some of the new and exciting features that are available to developers to make their PS4 games stand out from the rest.”

The page explains that the DualShock 4 controller for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Eye camera, and PlayStation Move controllers for the PlayStation 3 will be showcased, but the VR headset could easily go right along with this live demonstration.

“What I really want to see is more than the headset, I want to see it used with some PS4 games, maybe show off a new game that combos with the headset. I just don’t want to see Sony show the damn thing and then not show what it could even do.” said local gamer Brian Mendes

While the possibility of virtual reality has gamers in frenzy, Sony has a lot of work in front of them if they want to succeed in the VR market where all other companies have failed.

“Tons of game companies have tried something similar to virtual reality but never the exact form we gamers have thought about, it would be great if Sony can finally be the ones to make it happen during this generation of consoles,” said local gamer Reuben Castil.

As of now, Sony hasn’t even supported the PlayStation Camera much for the PS4 due to the lack of content utilizing it and there was little use of the PlayStation Move controllers on the PS3.

Microsoft released The Kinect, a camera that allows players to interact with a game through body movements, gestures and voice commands, but didn’t make games for the technology. The Kinect’s features never had a game for its features.

Instead the Kinect had games that are traditionally played with a controller, have some features from the Kinect used in them. This led to poor sales and reviews.

Sony will have to make games geared toward their VR headset to avoid companies past mistakes. Their possible venture into virtual reality gaming will be eagerly followed.

– Edited by Clark Moorman

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