Snatch A Look At The London Heist Project Morpheus Demo

Written by Neil Soutter on Wed, Jul 8, 2015 2:00 PM
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The problem with VR is that it can be pretty hard to convey what the heck is going on when someone has the screen strapped to their head. None of the big boys have managed to find a way to convey the VR experience to us authentically yet, but Sony has at least done the nice thing and released the B-Roll footage from its Project Morpheus London Heist demo.

It’s the demo that’s been doing the rounds at plenty of Project Morpheus showcases, and in a nutshell it’s Snatch - The Game. Once the virtual reality headset is on, players are treated to some East-end ‘interrogation methods’ before being plunged into a diamond robbery gone awry. It’s early days for VR, and to keep motion sickness down you can see the player is rooted to the spot, but they can still freely interact with the environment around them.

All the VR headsets seem to be adopting different control solutions, but Projected Morpheus is primarily making use of the ill-fated PlayStation Move. We knew Sony’s motion control device would find a use eventually…

The PS Move controllers represent a hand each, and you can push, pull and grab with these, something which you’ll need to get adept at fairly quickly for the ensuing shootout.

One of the side benefits of keeping players in a small, fixed location is keeping the frame rate high. Motion sickness doesn’t just come from motion, but also latency. Most of the VR headsets are targeting 90fps+ for optimum gaming performance, and pulling these sorts of frame rates out of the PlayStation 4 is going to be tricky. You can see from the second video in particular that Sony is being forced to dial the visuals down significantly - this looks akin to an early era PlayStation 3 game.

What do you make of London Heist? Is it enough to sell you on VR, or are you expecting more? 

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15:01 Jul-08-2015

LOL ! The second video reminds me HOUSE OF DEAD .....

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14:59 Jul-08-2015

That second video looked so fake. Tbh I reckon VR will only work with the PS5 or something. Right now it looks fake physics-wise and visually.

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18:55 Jul-08-2015

Quite obviously the graphics are of a lower level to make sure those framerates are high, otherwise the game becomes unplayable on a VR headset. You could go way better on an enthusiast platform (say Titan X SLI, 5960X). But not everyone's got a machine like that, so the graphics will suffer.

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22:44 Jul-08-2015

Personally I don't think Titan x is capable of proper VR

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00:24 Jul-09-2015

Please note that I did write SLI there. Titan X SLI can run Witcher 3 Ultra 60fps 4K, so I'm sure it could handle some lower resolution VR work.

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05:29 Jul-09-2015

Many games have attributed success more to physics, smooth gameplay and great mechanics than graphics. The VR's biggest hurdle is motion sickness because for people like me, the stories of getting nauseous alone are enough to scratch VR off my list for a very long time. I will always remember Virtua Boy! Morpheus would stand a far greater chance of success if Sony truly proves 1) Quality of gaming 2) Nausea issues resolved above 95% 3) Price is -$200. Sony cannot advertise the experience of VR, so poor people may want a "Satisfaction or Money Back" guarantee to make the sale at all

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14:31 Jul-08-2015

Bit disappointing tbh. The first vid is quite nice, but the second is giving me painful memories of the original Red Steel.

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