Ever since the Millennial Generation was introduced to the idea of virtual reality in the famous 90s animated series "The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest," they've been waiting for that tech prophecy to come true.
Thanks to the Oculus Rift, we've known for a while that our wait will finally be over either next year. But on Tuesday, video gaming giant Sony unveiled prototypes for its own virtual reality headset at the annual Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, which means we might get to experience QuestWorld-like VR a lot earlier than expected.
Titled "Project Morpheus," Sony's mouthwatering product is still in developmental phase, but the size of Sony's operations and their experience in the gaming industry could speed things up. All of this adds up to the fact that we really might not have to wait until 2015 to dip into VR gaming.
Three years ago, Sony made its first foray in the yet-untapped market of virtual reality headsets by introducing its first "personal 3D viewer" for watching movies. However, the personal 3D viewer tanked completely as users found it too big and heavy, and thought it failed to deliver what was promised.
Work then began on "Project Morpheus," and Sony got even more serious about it when Oculus VR emerged out of Kickstarter campaign.
While its previous experience with VR headsets didn't live up to anyone's expectations, the prototype that Sony showed to a select group of developers, journalists and game enthusiasts could change that.
Full specifications of the prototype haven't been released yet, but we know for a fact that it will have a 1080p display, full 360 degree positional tracking and low latency, which sounds quite promising for a start. Also, when compared to the Rift, it will certainly be lighter and will also have built-in audios, something its rival doesn't have for now.
So while the Rift sounds great, it is Project Morpheus hardcore gamers should be most excited about this year.