Edi­tor’s let­ter

Australian T3 - - CONTENTS - Rob Ed­wards, Edi­tor Email: rob.ed­wards@fu­turenet.com

I’ve been hear­ing a lot of talk lately about the fail­ure of next-gen con­soles to deliver the rev­o­lu­tion­ary ex­pe­ri­ences people were hop­ing for. To that I say, can ev­ery­one please just chill out and have a lit­tle pa­tience? We can al­ready see the mind-blow­ing, game-chang­ing stuff com­ing over the hori­zon and if you don’t be­lieve me then you clearly haven’t been pay­ing at­ten­tion.

Sony’s Project Mor­pheus is ex­cit­ing. Re­ally ex­cit­ing. It has the po­ten­tial to be­come one of those pieces of tech we look back on in ten or twenty years and point to its re­lease as the mo­ment ev­ery­thing changed. A small part of my ex­cite­ment stems from the fact that Mor­pheus has clearly been a part Sony’s plans for PlayS­ta­tion 4 all along. This is no last minute ad­di­tion. The mys­te­ri­ous light bar lo­cated on the back of the PS4 con­troller had ev­ery­one guess­ing at its pur­pose, but it’s there for Mor­pheus. Sony is not half-ar­s­ing this. The lion’s share of my ex­cite­ment stems from the sim­ple fact that we’re now on the verge of hav­ing glo­ri­ous 1080p vir­tual re­al­ity gam­ing in our homes. This is not some gim­mick no­body asked for (cough, Kinect, cough). Im­mer­sive vir­tual re­al­ity is some­thing we’ve wanted since be­fore The Lawn­mower Man tried and failed to scare us off it. Take a mo­ment to think about that and I dare you not to get ex­cited.

In-home VR gam­ing isn’t a one-horse race, ei­ther. Sure, some of the enthusiasm for Ocu­lus Rift waned when Ocu­lus VR was bought out by Face­book (for US$2 bil­lion no less). But with money like that be­ing thrown around it’s a safe bet there are some grand plans in mo­tion and we’re not ones to un­der­es­ti­mate Zucker­berg’s am­bi­tion. Plus, Mi­crosoft owns a small but not in­signif­i­cant share in Face­book, so who knows what kind of Xbox-Ocu­lus part­ner­ship could ap­pear down the line?

Even if the next 18 months re­mains VR-free, there’s plenty to keep us busy in the mean­time. To learn more about the fu­ture of gam­ing head to our E3 spe­cial on p39.

En­joy the is­sue.

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