Project Morpheus Review

E3 2015 Preview – New demos, same headset

Compatible with PS4

Project Morpheus recover date: Q1 2016

I’ve attempted out Project Morpheus a few times now – we can skip to a subsequent page if we wish to review a really beginning impressions of Sony’s practical existence aspirant to a HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. This latest occasion, though, gave me a demeanour during dual new demos, PlayRoom VR and BattleZone, as good as another territory of a London Heist from Sony’s London Studios, and a horror-based demo called The Kitchen.

Although we finally have a (loose) early 2016 recover date for Project Morpheus, Sony didn’t have an updated chronicle of a Project Morpheus. That’s substantially since this near-final chronicle of a headset had already been shown during GDC 2015 in February, yet we was still a small astounded there weren’t any slight cosmetic tweaks.

London Heist

Building on a London Heist demo we saw behind in March, Sony has a new section in a story for Project Morpheus. This time as shortly I’ve got a Morpheus strapped on my conduct and a span of Move controllers in my hands, we find myself sitting in a newcomer chair of a Ford Transit outpost with a informed bald outlaw by my side.

Without carrying seen a episodes in between this and a prior London Heist experience, it’s tough to work out how this London geezer has left from melancholy to blow flame my face off, to being my partner in gun crime. Nevertheless, London Heist is really one of a initial extended demos that we’ve seen, that builds a thought of impression in practical existence games.

In this chapter, though, sitting in a van, I’m given a small time to demeanour around. There’s a vast bag filled with gun magazines, a few dull drink cans and even some gloves in a glove compartment. Pretty most all is interactive, to a prove where we can fiddle with a radio tuning and spin adult a volume, most to a distrurbance of my new best bud.

What’s good is that he’s totally reactive to my actions. When we open a glove compartment, he says, “What did we expect? A gun?” Meanwhile, opening a outpost doorway on a motorway is really most frowned upon. Attempting to fire him in a face regularly after in a demo is also met with most disgust, and I’m asked possibly I’ve been a “see we subsequent Tuesday” my whole life.

See also: HTC Vive vs Oculus RiftLondon Heist

At a start, though, pushing along with him celebration a beer, it’s all definitely serene. Until a gunfire. Rapidly I’m thrown a gun and I’m unresolved out a open doorway sharpened during a motorbikes entrance adult from behind. That’s not before a outlaw has had a possibility to take out a windscreen with his elbow, clearing a approach for nearby 360-degree shooting.

As with a prior London Heist demo, a shootouts feel definitely realistic, with me carrying to strech for uninformed ammo from a bag subsequent to me. Aiming feels really healthy too, with me spasmodic conflict a petrol tanks of a chasing cars and bikes, causing flattering considerable explosions.

If London Heist doesn’t spin a full pretension for Morpheus one day, I’ll be really surprised. And each time we play this demo I’m equally tender by a realism and immersiveness of this mafiosi adventure.


Next comes a Kitchen, a initial fear diversion built privately for a Project Morpheus. I’ve listened shock stories about this demo from associate reporters who played it before me. Some had screamed, others had cowered in fear. And now it’s my turn.

The Kitchen

Now we contingency acknowledge that I’m not good with frightful movies, customarily reaching for a nearest pillow whenever we can feel a boo-scares coming. we know that I’ll have to conflict shutting my eyes to make a bad things go divided with The Kitchen.

When I’m all kitted out with a Morpheus and a DualShock 4 controller, we find myself in a kitchen – no warn there – within what looks to be an deserted warehouse. My hands are firm in front of me, and a fact that I’m retaining a controller in both hands creates that limitation feel some-more real. we also realize that I’m tied to a chair and can’t move.

There’s a male fibbing on a building beside me, also with his hands bound. Suddenly he’s watchful and grabs a blade from a belligerent and comes during me with it. Thankfully, he’s not a barbarous murderer; he usually wants to try and assistance to cut a ties around my wrists. we instinctively pull a DualShock 4 forwards, enabling him to get a softened angle on a ties.

But that’s when she appears.

I won’t spoil a demo for we in box we ever get a possibility to try it. It’s protected to say, though, that Sony has built a tragedy well, to a prove that we was teetering on a corner of my chair by a end, unfortunate to get behind to reality.

Morpheus offers graphics and an knowledge that is on customary with a other headsets. we still feel that Sony needs to overcome a issues with your conduct removing really prohibited and sweaty while wearing a headset – and that wasn’t usually since we got wild personification a Kitchen either.


In growth during UK-based Rebellion Studios, BattleZone is a new VR pretension that aims to be out around a same time as Project Morpheus, early subsequent year. It’s a new take on a classical 1980s Atari arcade diversion and we got to try a brief demo during a new PlayStation event.

BattleZone drops we into a driver’s chair of a one-man tank. You’re given a brief outline of a controls, that are your normal conflict buttons – R2 to shoot, right analogue hang to aim a guns, L1 for a speed boost, block to change weapons, and left hang to pierce around. Your head, of course, controls a camera view.

After this your small tank is carried adult into a arena. It’s here that we realize your purpose is to blow pixellated enemies – other tanks and weaponised ensure towers, for instance – to comprehensive smithereens. There are customary rockets for a tanks and sentries, or we can barter to a detonate shot that’s good for a drifting overflow of drones we accommodate after on.

As you’ll see in a trailer above, all is deliberately blocky as they explode, while a colour palette gives it a rather Tron-esque feel.

I powered by a demo, anticipating a control complement surprisingly intuitive, even if it did feel bizarre regulating a DualShock 4 while my conduct was meditative we was in a cockpit of a tank.

You can guard a incoming enemies on a round radar that sits on a lurch below. It’s probable to keep lane of it yet carrying to lean your head, that is a good touch.

Although this is a elementary experience, a unconventional tank conflict is positively softened by a immersiveness that a Morpheus brings. The fact that it’s retro-styled rather than picturesque doesn’t detract from that knowledge either.

I wish that this diversion will develop and offer a accumulation of modes by a time launch comes. It could be a good pretension to drop in and out of – generally if it can offer multiplayer with associate Morpheus heads.

PlayRoom VR

PlayRoom VR

Straight from Sony’s possess Japan Studio comes a practical existence chronicle of a strange protracted PlayRoom that shipped with a PS4. PlayRoom VR will offer a smorgasbord of practical existence taster practice usually to get we into Project Morpheus.

I usually got to try one of these minigames, yet it was definitely a singular knowledge for VR headsets – it was multiplayer yet with gamers who weren’t wearing a Morpheus. In an try to get a whole family or domicile concerned in practical reality, this minigame enables 4 players to use DualShock 4 controllers to conflict opposite a Morpheus-wearing monster.

The Morpheus beast isn’t authorised a controller, though. All we had to do is whack down buildings with my conduct as we automatically chased after a journey minions.

As a non-VR minion, your pursuit is to evasion a descending waste and collect any villagers we can along a way.

Once you’ve finished that there’s monster-vs-minion battle. The beast has to evasion a waste that’s being thrown during it by a minions, who have to hasten around and work together to take a beast out. The monster’s got 4 intense lights on a headset in a diversion that prove a health level.

It’s a new approach to deliver internal multiplayer to a Morpheus experience. we overtly can’t see it operative over these gimmicky games, yet it’s a good approach to palliate mixed gamers into VR.

Updated impressions

Morpheus still impresses and with a register of games flourishing each month, we could see a PS4 headset giving a Steam VR-compatible HTC Vive and a Oculus Rift a good run for their money. VR can work on a console after all.

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