If you saw my Virtual Reality in Gaming article I mentioned a lot of new VR headsets that are out or coming out in the near future. One of which is Sony’s Project Morpheus. It’s set to be available in early 2016. What’s interesting about this is Gran Turismo 7 also is said to become available in early 2016.
Back in early Gran Turismo years Sony used to announce new systems with new Gran Turismo games. Gran Turismo is the perfect game to reveal new technology because the graphics and physics are always top notch. Even if you don’t like the GT series that much compared to it’s competitors there is no arguing that the games have always looked great. The PS3 was supposed to be launched with GT5, but huge amounts of delays made GT5 launch much, much later. The PS3 lasted for many years before PS4 giving them the ability to launch GT6 within the PS3 ecosystem also.
However times are changing and things are beginning to line back up. PS4 is already out and has been selling well, but no major exclusive titles have launched for it yet. GT7 will (probably) be the first old school major title to be released on it. GT5 and GT6 also have packed some hidden content in them being some of the few games able to be played in 3D. They also have very in depth sound options allowing the user to get the best possible driving experience. Even GT4 had next level exclusive features like being played in HD even tho it was for PS2! As you have learned from my my history of Gran Turismo article only 4 games ever have had HD support on PS2 and Gran Turismo was chosen to be one of them.
This is before even talking about all the accessory support. Tons of racing wheels, racing seats, racing cockpits, etc are available to be used. This is the main reason why I think Gran Turismo 7 will be one of the first PS4 titles to be launched with Project Morpheus support. It is the last missing piece of the puzzle. Picture stepping into you racing seat, grabbing onto your racing wheel, and putting on your virtual reality headset to put you right inside the car. It doesn’t get much realer than that.
So far Sony has confirmed it plans to have some games for seated positions or standing. I assume this means at launch it will need some standing and some sitting games to really show off the versatility. GT6 is basically already built for VR support as you can set the joy stick to look around already. Building that system into headset support for GT7 seems like almost an obvious choice for Sony.
At this time we do not know much about Gran Turismo 7 or Project Morpheus, but I think it’s safe to say VR gaming is coming very soon to consumers. I think Gran Turismo 7 is the perfect title to show off VR, but what do you think? Let us know in the comments below.