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Sony Computer Entertainment Announces "Project Morpheus" - A Virtual Reality System That Expands The World Of Playstation®4

 Sony Computer Entertainment Announces "Project Morpheus" - A Virtual Reality
            System That Expands The World Of Playstation®4 (PS4™)

With Project Morpheus and PlayStation®Camera, Games will Immerse Players in
Virtual Worlds, Delivering a Sense of Presence in Gaming Never Before Possible

PR Newswire

TOKYO, March 18, 2014

TOKYO, March 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE)
today announced the development of "Project Morpheus" (Morpheus) − a virtual
reality (VR) system that takes the PlayStation®4 (PS4™) system to the next
level of immersion and demonstrates the future of gaming. SCE will continue
development of Morpheus looking towards a future commercial launch.

At GDC 2014, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. announced “Project Morpheus” − a
virtual reality (VR) system that takes the PlayStation®4 (PS4™) system to the
next level of immersion and demonstrates the future of gaming.

"At SCE we view innovation as an opportunity to build on our mission to push
the boundaries of play," said Shuhei Yoshida, President of SCE Worldwide
Studios. "Project Morpheus is the latest example of innovation from SCE, and
we're looking forward to its continued development and the games that will be
created as development kits get into the hands of content creators."

Morpheus enables developers to create experiences that deliver a sense of
presence - where players feel as though they are physically inside the virtual
world of a game. Presence is like a window into another world that heightens
the emotions gamers experience as they play. Morpheus features a visor style
head-mounted display and works seamlessly with PlayStation®Camera to deliver a
unique VR experience right before the player's eyes. Inertial sensors built
into the head mount unit and PlayStation Camera accurately track head
orientation and movement so as the player's head rotates, the image of the
virtual world rotates naturally and intuitively in real-time. Furthermore, in
supporting games, the player can use a PlayStation®Move (PS Move) Motion
Controller as an object, such as a sword. Morpheus will reproduce the
player's hands and sword within the game so the player feels like they are
physically fighting off enemies with their sword in the virtual world.

Morpheus adopts 3D audio technology uniquely developed by SCE. In addition to
sounds coming from front, behind, left and right, Morpheus re-creates
stereoscopic sounds heard from below and above the players, such as footsteps
climbing up stairs below them, or engine noises of helicopters flying
overhead. Sounds that players hear change in real-time depending on their
head orientation, creating a highly realistic audio environment within an
immersive 360-degree virtual world.

Along with PlayStation Camera, Wireless Controller for PS4, and PS Move,
Morpheus will deliver immersive breakthrough entertainment experiences to
gamers through the PS4 system, leveraging SCE's expertise across key areas for
VR – including display/optics, audio, tracking, control, ease of use, and
content.

Developers will be able to create Morpheus content for PS4, a platform which
has sold over 6 million units only after 3 months and a half of its launch,
and is continuing to show strong momentum. The Morpheus dedicated SDK is
currently under development and will become available when ready.

During the Game Developers Conference 2014 held in San Francisco from March 19
through March 21, attendees can visit the Sony Computer Entertainment America
booth to have a hands-on experience with Morpheus, which will be exhibited for
reference. Attendees can enjoy exclusive technology demo such as EVE Valkyrie
(CCP), a multiplayer dogfighting shooter that uses virtual reality to give the
player the sense of being a real pilot in an EVE Online spaceship, Thief
(SQUARE ENIX Co., LTD.), which allows players to explore the dark shadowy
world of the stealth action title, "The Castle" (SCE) that shows various VR
interactions utilizing PS Move,  and "The Deep" (SCE), where players can
observe the waters from inside a shark proof cage.

< Specifications of "Project Morpheus" Prototype >
Component            Processor unit, head-mounted unit
Display Method       LCD
Panel Size           5 inches
Panel Resolution     1920xRGBx1080 (960xRGBx1080 per eye)
Field of View        90 degrees
Sensors              Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Connection interface HDMI + USB
Function             3D audio, Social Screen

*Specifications and designs are those of the prototype and are subject to
change.



About Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
Recognized as a global leader and company responsible for the progression of
consumer-based computer entertainment, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI)
manufactures, distributes, develops and markets the PSP®
(PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system, the PlayStation®3 (PS3™)
computer entertainment system, the PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita) portable
entertainment system and the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system. SCEI
has revolutionized home entertainment since it launched PlayStation® in 1994.
PlayStation®2 further enhanced the PlayStation® legacy as the core of home
networked entertainment. PSP broadens the entertainment experiences into the
portable arena. PS3 is a computer entertainment system that incorporates the
powerful Cell Broadband Engine and RSX processors. PS Vita is an ultimate
portable entertainment system that offers a revolutionary combination of rich
gaming and social connectivity. PlayStation®4 redefines rich and immersive
gameplay with powerful graphics and speed, intelligent personalization and
deeply integrated social capabilities. PSN^SM, that includes
PlayStation®Store, delivers unparalleled online gaming experience to
PlayStation users. SCEI also delivers the PlayStation experience to open
operating systems through PlayStation®Mobile, a cross device platform.
Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, SCEI, along with its affiliated companies, Sony
Computer Entertainment America LLC and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe
Ltd., and its division company, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia,
develops, publishes, markets and distributes hardware and software, and
manages the third party licensing programs for these platforms in their
respective markets worldwide.

"PlayStation" is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment
Inc."PS4" is a trademark of the same company.All other trademarks are
property of their respective owners.

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SOURCE Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

Contact: Andrew Kelly, andrew_Kelly@playstation.sony.com
 
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