Project Morpheus is "no real competition" says Oculus founder

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At this year’s GDC, there was a hug buzz around VR, with many sites (including our own) toting the VR renaissance as a possible future of gaming. Not only have VR mainstays Oculus stepped up their campaign with various models and an impending general release, but Sony also announced their own VR hardware – currently going by the name of Project Morpheus. But how does the inventor and founder of Oculus – Palmer Luckey – feel about Sony moving into the market he created?

Project Morpheus is "no real competition" says Oculus founder

“I’m not really worried about Project Morpheus,” he Luckey told us, “[Sony] said they’re only doing it on PS4. We’re not on PS4, so there’s no real competition. If anything they just add credibility to the VR space. You know, they show that it is something that is reasonable to be investing in. It’s not just this one crazy company that’s making it happen, it’s an entire industry.”

It’s a refreshing angle on a scenario that’s being toted as an all-out war between the two companies, and one that Luckey is keen to emphasise when he talks business strategies: ” [Sony] has a very core, tight marketing message and they don’t need to stray from that. Or, you know, I don’t think they’re at the point where- they’re also entering this game a lot later. You know, they’re doing a lot of things in ways that are very similar to what we’re doing, and I think that they’ve also benefitted from all of the developer feedback and all of the time that we’ve spent figuring out what works in VR.”

We asked Luckey whether the tech comparisons and SDK in Project Morpheus would challenge the Oculus (bearing in mind, this interview was conducted before Luckey had chance to get any hands on with Morpheus). “It’s hard to comment right now, but I’d say [our hardware] is the best currently out there. By far. And that’s because of the close interaction with developers and the great team we have; people like John Carmack and Tom Forsyth and all these other really great programmers working on our SDK. There’s nothing out there on the market that’s even close, in my opinion.”

 

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  • vai_levar_no_cu

    of course its no competition. The Rift will target Facebook apps and other casual c***

    I wouldnt touch a Rift even if i were paid to do so… in terms of VR glasses, its the Morpheus all the way for me.

  • vai_levar_no_cu

    of course its no competition. The Rift will target Facebook apps and other casual c***

    I wouldnt touch a Rift even if i were paid to do so… in terms of VR glasses, its the Morpheus all the way for me.

  • Harald Hårfarge

    Brace yourselves.. Sony fanboy incoming!

  • Harald Hårfarge

    Brace yourselves.. Sony fanboy incoming!

  • NoNeedToArgue

    funny headline considering you say its a fresh take on a scenario being touted as a war and yet you use your headline that way

  • NoNeedToArgue

    funny headline considering you say its a fresh take on a scenario being touted as a war and yet you use your headline that way

  • Escopablobar

    The headline is a bit suggestive and uses the quote somewhat out of context.

  • Escopablobar

    The headline is a bit suggestive and uses the quote somewhat out of context.

  • Rarric Alehammer

    Thanks for the clickbait, glad to hear Palmer Luckey isn’t an asshole- just you.

  • Rarric Alehammer

    Thanks for the clickbait, glad to hear Palmer Luckey isn’t an asshole- just you.

  • Morganfell

    gamestm should also be taken to task for their cheap hit inducing title. Had this been an exact quote from Palmer Luckey then such cheap writing would almost be excusable.

    Almost.

    But what Luckey actually stated was, “[Sony] said they’re only doing it on PS4. We’re not on PS4, so there’s no real competition.” Even if you pare it down to the one sentence, what gamestm has committed is a form of lying. At its best it is dishonest journalism (though they are hardly journalists) and is a disservice to gamers.

    In addition this trash site gamestm owes Luckey an apology as they intentionally misrepresented his remarks. The fact is if crap sites such as gamestm were more Murrow and less TMZ they could gather readers without such insulting deception.

  • Morganfell

    gamestm should also be taken to task for their cheap hit inducing title. Had this been an exact quote from Palmer Luckey then such cheap writing would almost be excusable.

    Almost.

    But what Luckey actually stated was, “[Sony] said they’re only doing it on PS4. We’re not on PS4, so there’s no real competition.” Even if you pare it down to the one sentence, what gamestm has committed is a form of lying. At its best it is dishonest journalism (though they are hardly journalists) and is a disservice to gamers.

    In addition this trash site gamestm owes Luckey an apology as they intentionally misrepresented his remarks. The fact is if crap sites such as gamestm were more Murrow and less TMZ they could gather readers without such insulting deception.

  • zpoccc

    fuck you games tm. what a bullshit, clickbait article headline. at least now i know to never visit this site again.

  • zpoccc

    fuck you games tm. what a bullshit, clickbait article headline. at least now i know to never visit this site again.

  • fuck off

    dick

  • fuck off

    dick

  • Guest

    It’s true, Morpheus will fail even more than the Oculus Rift because it’s tied to one poor device and has zero openness for all the developers out there. Oculus Rift has much wider support chance, but will be nothing more than what 3D is right now, a fad in the eyes of the general consumer. In the end, both are going to be only for the very rich yuppies that need to show off something.
    But Sony is rapidly digging its own grave anyway with even with PS4 selling well, still managing to make Billion $ losses. They will become the next Nokia in the next 2 years and it will very likely be MS that buys the PS division once they are bankrupt to bury the $0N¥ PoS brand once and for all. $0N¥ Paupers be damned!

  • Guest

    It’s true, Morpheus will fail even more than the Oculus Rift because it’s tied to one poor device and has zero openness for all the developers out there. Oculus Rift has much wider support chance, but will be nothing more than what 3D is right now, a fad in the eyes of the general consumer. In the end, both are going to be only for the very rich yuppies that need to show off something.
    But Sony is rapidly digging its own grave anyway with even with PS4 selling well, still managing to make Billion $ losses. They will become the next Nokia in the next 2 years and it will very likely be MS that buys the PS division once they are bankrupt to bury the $0N¥ PoS brand once and for all. $0N¥ Paupers be damned!

  • merri

    Clickbait title

  • merri

    Clickbait title

  • merri

    Yeah, Facebook’s branching out and diversification by way of Oculus is definitely going to lead to a swift death of Oculus. Just like when Google, General Electric, and other such conglomerates diversified, rebranded their acquisitions, turned them into search engines and alarm clocks, and ultimately, flat-out killed those subdivisions with such juvenile practices.

  • merri

    Yeah, Facebook’s branching out and diversification by way of Oculus is definitely going to lead to a swift death of Oculus. Just like when Google, General Electric, and other such conglomerates diversified, rebranded their acquisitions, turned them into search engines and alarm clocks, and ultimately, flat-out killed those subdivisions with such juvenile practices.

  • Andy Wise

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  • Andy Wise

    So we can add misleading links to more or less zero content and advertising set up so badly that it makes the site more or less unreadable. Unbookmarked.