It’s widely rumoured that Sony is set to unveil its long-in-development PlayStation 4 VR headset at the San Francisco GDC this month, and a new post on the official GDC website has added fuel to the fire. Described as “Oculus Rift-like”, Sony has apparently been working on the concept since 2012 and was ready to unveil the device at GamesCom last year, before pushing it back to polish and perfect the tech.
Last month, an insider source told TechRadar that the device is now ready and GDC will be Sony’s platform for the unveiling. Could it be linked to this new, vaguely described session on the GDC website:
“Driving the Future of Innovation at Sony Computer Entertainment” – sounds like the perfect session to reveal your VR headset to us. The session’s description is unusually vague too, simply stating: “Join Sony Computer Entertainment for a presentation on innovation at PlayStation® and the future of gaming.”
The session, which runs from 5:45pm – 6:45pm on Tuesday March 18th, will be hosted by some big names from Sony’s R&D departments, as well as SCE Worldwide Studios President Shuei Yoshida.
SCEA R&D Senior Director Richard Marks and Senior Software Engineer Anton Mikhailov, the other two speakers at the session, both pioneered the PlayStation Move tech for Sony.
Virtual Reality gaming has been thrust into the spotlight thanks to the immense popularity of the Oculus Rift, but the team behind the Rift has already stated that consoles are “too limited” for their vision, which may have convinced Sony to pour funds into their own virtual reality solution.
A reveal now would be seen as a major coup for Sony in the PlayStation 4 vs. Xbox One console war ,and perhaps (hopefully) push Microsoft into ramping up their work on the promising Illumiroom tech. Here’s a video of the Illiumi room for good measure:
Sony is yet to officially confirm the existence of a Virtual Reality headset, but it’s hard to deny immersive wearable tech is the next big step for the games industry. And Sony wouldn’t want to be left behind, would it?