The mainstream media are slowly warning up to the advent of virtual reality, or at the very least that demonstrating new and exciting ways to play games pulls viewers of the demographics they’re interested in. Now Sony’s Project Morpheus, a new VR Headset developed for the Playstation 4 and revealed officially at GDC this year, has made an appearance to riotous laughter and applause.

jimmy-fallon-sony-morpheusThe Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon has in recent years had regular slots on the show designed to showcase new technology and they’ve not shied away from gaming, traditionally an area prime time broadcasters like to steer clear from. In fact, Fallon has played host to the Oculus Rift on more than one occasion, the first time with a pre DK1 prototype back in January 2013.

However, it must be said that Sony’s outing on the Tonight Show was a slickly presented success. If you can gauge success by audiences laughing like drains while their host and a bemused looking Channing Tatum don Sony’s headsets, grab a couple of Playstation Move controllers and flail around like idiots. The pair were playing the now familar ‘Castle’ demo, first seen on the show floor at GDC this year.

After the experience was over, both parties seemed genuinely impressed by what they’d seen. Quite whether the audience had taken on board that what they were watching could be theirs to own within 12 months is another matter. But I think Sony can be pleased with this first foray into the general public’s path. It’ll be interesting to see if it pays off once Sony’s VR solution starts popping up in stores in the future.

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Based in the UK, Paul has been immersed in interactive entertainment for the best part of 27 years and has followed advances in gaming with a passionate fervour. His obsession with graphical fidelity over the years has had him branded a ‘graphics whore’ (which he views as the highest compliment) more than once and he holds a particular candle for the dream of the ultimate immersive gaming experience. Having followed and been disappointed by the original VR explosion of the 90s, he then founded to follow the new and exciting prospect of the rebirth of VR in products like the Oculus Rift. Paul joined forces with Ben to help build the new Road to VR in preparation for what he sees as VR’s coming of age over the next few years.
  • Don Gateley

    I saw this at SVVR and was impressed. I wonder if they’ll ever demo anything other than that armor suit and dragon though.

    While this is initially aimed at their game box I sincerely hope an adapter is close to follow that will connect it as a display device on a PC to allow use of non-game VR apps that are and will be flooding the internet. I have no interest whatsoever in gaming and gaming will be only a tiny sliver on the pie chart of VR use. My VR purchase dollars await agnostic access to all that via a PC and with adequate resolution. Morpheus is closer to adequate than anything else I’ve seen but still far from it. Good enough for gaming but not for media where viewing is all that it’s about.

    • Sven Viking

      There’s also The Deep.

      • Sven Viking

        Also, I’m not sure why the Morpheus (virtually certain to be locked to the PS4) is closer to adequate for content-agnostic PC use than the Rift.

        • Don Gateley

          I was considering image only. It’s only slightly better than the hi-def Rift I saw. Other factors would probably swamp the difference. Sony would be foolish to leave the PC market and its revenue to others. I expect they will use it initially to bump their PS4 sales but when that bump passes they will connect it to the PC and get their cup under that spigot too.

      • Don Gateley

        LOL! The best part of that demo is the girl talking. Personality will abound as one means of differentiation.