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Sony experimenting with virtual reality gaming

Company testing VR tech with "a couple of games" including an FPS

Sony is exploring ways in which virtual reality gaming could make a comeback.

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Mick Hocking, senior director at Sony Worldwide Studios, told Develop the firm is testing virtual reality technology with a number of gaming projects, including a first person shooter.

"We've got a new head mounted display [in development] that we showed at Consumer Electronics Show," he said. "At the moment it's just a head-mounted display; the head isn't being tracked - but that's something we're doing R&D on.

"I have to say, what we've done in the R&D projects has just been fantastic," he added. "We're working with a couple of games at Sony that are experimenting with virtual reality type experiences."

Hocking said earlier this year that the technology to realise the virtual reality dreams of the 20th century is now available.

"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," he said.

"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."

[ SOURCE: Develop ]

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