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NewsPoster Mar 13, 2014 08:38 AM
Sony rumored to unveil virtual reality efforts at GDC next week
Sony could be preparing to reveal its own virtual reality <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/305920==http://www.electronista.com/articles/12/09/11/revised.headset.loses.weight.gains.remote.control/" rel='nofollow'>headset</a> at the <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/305921==http://www.gdconf.com/" rel='nofollow'>Game Developer's Conference</a> next week, according to a rumor. According to "developers familiar" with the device, the initial version of the headset will be shown to developers alongside a demo from a first-party studio, with the reception of the device potentially dictating if Sony will proceed to a public release. <br />
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Sources <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/305915==http://www.edge-online.com/news/sonys-vr-tech-will-be-revealed-at-gdc-and-it-represents-virtual-reality-gamings-greatest-hope/" rel='nofollow'>of</a> <em>Edge</em> claim the company will use its "Driving the future of innovation" <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/305916==http://schedule.gdconf.com/session-id/828420" rel='nofollow'>session</a> on Tuesday to reveal the device, hosted by senior R&D executives Richard Marks and Anton Mikhailov. Despite their presence, it is thought that there will not be any pressure on developers to adopt the technology, though it could do so in the future if the electronics giant proceeds with production and includes connectivity with the <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/305917==http://www.macnn.com/reviews/sony-playstation-4.html" rel='nofollow'>PlayStation 4</a>. <br />
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<div align='center'><img class='mobile-img' src='http://photos.macnn.com/news/1204/sony3dpersonalviewer-review5.jpg' width='500' height='332' alt='Sony 3D Personal Viewer HMZ-T1' border='0' pagespeed_url_hash="3203745435"/><br/><span class='minor2'>Sony 3D Personal Viewer HMZ-T1</span></div><br />
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Little is known about the headset itself, aside from Sony's exploration of the market. A prototype being used by some third-party developers is apparently superior to the first iteration of the <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/305918==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/12/13/extra.capital.to.finalize.design.start.production. of.oculus.rift/" rel='nofollow'>Oculus Rift</a> headset, though it could be more comparable to the latest Oculus Crystal Cove development kit. Sony also has history with headsets, producing multiple "<a href="http://macnn.com/rd/305919==http://www.electronista.com/reviews/sony-3d-personal-viewer-hmz-t1.html" rel='nofollow'>Personal Viewer</a>" devices that offer an enveloping 3D experience, though lacks the motion tracking aspect of virtual reality.
 
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