Sony Swaps LCD for OLED for Morpheus’ 2016 Release

One year ago (Display Monitor Vol 21 No 12), Sony took the stage at the annual Game Developers’ Conference and introduced Project Morpheus: a head-mounted display, intended to be used as a companion device to the Playstation 4 console.

At this year’s GDC, Sony unveiled a new version that swaps the original LCD display for a 5.7″ OLED – a big draw for the gaming community, which will value the fast response times offered by the technology. Resolution is unchanged, however, at 1920 x 1080, despite rumours to the contrary (Display Monitor Vol 21 No 28).

Refresh rate is an impressive 120Hz, compared to the 60Hz of the original prototype, while latency has been roughly halved to 18ms. The ‘low-persistence’ display is said to eliminate motion blur (although OLED, with its fast response times, does not tend to suffer from blur anyway). FoV is 100°, and there are nine LED trackers to provide 360° tracking.

The new version is still called Project Morpheus, and that will apparently also be the name of the final product – which, Sony says, will be launched in the first half of 2016.