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Sony: Virtual reality gaming's 'going to be absolutely amazing'

Immersive experiences on head-mounted displays "in the not too distant future"

Virtual reality is making a comeback and it's set to have a big impact on the way we play games.

That's according to Mick Hocking, the head of Sony's stereoscopic 3D team, and vice president of the studio group which encompasses London Studio, Evolution Studios, Studio Liverpool and Big Big Studios.

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"Another thing that's coming back, which I'm very excited about, is the notion of virtual reality," he told btween3d.

"So we have our new HMD - our head-mounted display - which we launched at CES this year, and you can see that we can now get back to where we really wanted to get with virtual reality in the '80s.

"But we've now got the power to do it, we've got the screen resolution to do it, we've got the processing power to update fast enough so that we can have very, very immersive experiences on head-mounted displays in gaming in the not too distant future," Hocking added.

"... Being in a virtual world where I can see my virtual hands or a virtual gun, with all the things we can do in the gaming world, is going to be absolutely amazing."

Sony unveiled the flash-looking head-mounted 3D display during its CES 2011 keynote in January, telling users it'll offer a "theatre-like experience on the couch or in flight".

[ SOURCE: btween3d ]

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