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Sony VR headset could support EverQuest Next, says SOE exec

John Smedley publicly mentions Sony's unannounced Oculus Rift rival for PS4

A key executive at Sony Online Entertainment believes that his studio's upcoming flagship title, EverQuest Next, could support the PlayStation virtual reality headset.

Sony's VR helmet, revealed by CVG in early September, remains an unannounced project within the PlayStation company. However in November it was discovered that Sony had secured patents for the VR headset.

EverQuest Next Landmark, a free-to-play world building tool, is now available as an "alpha" trial

John Smedley, the president at Sony Online Entertainment, mentioned the device during a recent Reddit Ask Me Anything interview.

One Reddit user asked whether EverQuest Next will support virtual reality alternatives to the Oculus Rift, to which Smedley replied:

"Hearing good things about 2 competitors.. one of which actually comes from Sony. So I'm thinking this is real and we may have our Snowcrash after all."

The phrase 'Snow Crash' is a reference to the acclaimed Neal Stephenson novel, in which the writer outlines a vision of a virtual reality-based internet.

EverQuest Next, which is due for release on both PS4 and PC, is expected to be the first MMORPG to support the Oculus Rift.

The game will release in two parts - the first is a free-to-play MMO, boasting modern graphics and fully destructible environment physics that apply to "every piece of the world", advanced AI and an open-ended storyline.

Its spin-off EverQuest Next Landmark is a free-to-play world building tool which allows gamers to create their own structures which can be incorporated into the full MMO.

Sony Online Entertainment launched the "alpha" version of EverQuest Next Landmark on Friday, January 31.

The PlayStation business has not publicly discussed its virtual reality headset. It was first set to be announced at Gamescom in August, then was pushed back to the Tokyo Game Show in September. It is unclear when the Oculus Rift rival will be officially announced.