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Project Morpheus Looking for Designers

Project Morpheus, Sony’s new virtual reality-devoted design studio, is hiring. With this open call, Sony looks to push the limits of both gaming and virtual reality.

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The Position

According to their ad, Sony is looking to build a full-time design team to develop games for their upcoming virtual reality system, Project Morpheus.

From the site:

An exciting and rare opportunity to join an ambitious new studio to create original games exclusively for Project Morpheus, PlayStation’s VR platform. Based in the North West of England, we aim to build a small but highly experienced team who want to build great games to showcase this exciting new immersive technology.

We are looking for an experienced level designer, an expert in creating compelling and memorable missions. You will be skilled in crafting level layouts and scripts to deliver a the highest quality player experience.

You will join the team early in pre-production so will have ample opportunity to make your mark on the title.

Having shipped several successful games, you will be excited by the prospect of applying your level design knowledge to Virtual Reality, keen to discover how to create highly immersive missions.

Project Morpheus

Project Morpheus is the current name of Sony’s upcoming virtual reality gaming system. When completed, it will be fully functional with both the Playstation 4 and the Playstation Vita. Though it is currently in prototype, the headset is slated for release in early 2016.

Here is a preview of Project Morpheus by Jamie and Adam (from Mythbusters):

The prototype revealed at the 2015 Game Designers’ Convention (GDC) contained a 1920×1080 display with a RGB subpixel matrix (in layman’s terms–every pixel, or display dot, contains a red, a green, and a blue pixel inside it). When released, it will be able to play video at 120 frames per second (fps), and it will encompass over 100 degrees of the user’s vision field.

Conclusion

So what does this job listing mean to us, the gamers?

It means Sony is creating first-party games for Project Morpheus–a business move that (potentially) holds both good and bad ramifications. On one hand, Sony will be able to have complete control over their products, meaning games will have to pass a certain level of quality control before hitting the market. On the other hand, this move might alienate third party developers looking to produce virtual reality games for the Playstation 4, a problem Nintendo encountered with its failed 3D headset, the Virtual Boy.

Granted, this job listing does not suggest Sony is avoiding third-party developers. In fact, third party companies have historically contributed to Sony’s success. The Playstation 3 sold incredibly well due to its Blu-Ray integration, and Sony toppled Nintendo in the mid-00s due to its relationship with third-party franchises like Call of Duty, Madden, and FIFA.

In short, only time will tell whether Sony’s competition with the Oculus Rift will win the virtual reality space race. For now, we can only speculate.

 

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