It has been revealed the Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg tested Sony Computer Entertainment’s (SCE) Project Morpheus virtual reality (VR) headset for PlayStation 4 before making the decision to purchase Oculus Rift headset makers Oculus VR. PlayStation marketing executive Guy Longworth confirmed as much while speaking at the Games Marketing Summit 2014. He revealed that Zuckerberg had asked for a tech demo of the device a week before the buyout was announced.
“I wish he bought ours,” Longworth joked, as reported by Gamespot. “All the folks at Oculus have got big smiles on today,” he added in reference to the U.S. Department of Justice and Fedal Trade Commision’s (FTC) approval of the Oculus VR buyout yesterday. The deal, announced on 25th March 2014, is valued at $2 billion USD. If Zuckerberg had asked for a tech demo a week before, then it would have been around the date of the Project Morpheus reveal on 18th March.
“If you think about VR, not just in terms of gaming, I think wearable technology is a huge trend that’s going to continue,” Longworth concluded. “I think that being able to have experiences that are truly deep and immersive…that it somehow makes you feel you are there…is something that people want. If you could really deliver that in the future, that would be huge.”
We’re hoping to see much more from both Project Morpheus and the Oculus Rift at E3 2014, which runs from 10th – 12th June. VRFocus will be at the event to bring you all the latest VR news.