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Sony planning personal 3D headset display

Also reveals 60M PSN users, but PSP Phone a no-show

Sony is working on a visor-like personal 3D display known as the Headman, which enables game playing without the need for a TV - 3D or otherwise.

The firm's executive deputy president Hiroshi Yoshioka revealed he had been using the headset to play Gran Turismo 5. "Nobody - not even my wife - interrupted me, so I could get the highest score," he claimed at CES last night.

The device, which does not yet have a release date or price, contains two small displays, one per eye, and built-in earphones.

Focusing primarily on home electronics, Sony didn't have much more gaming news to reveal at its press conference, bar stating that the PlayStation Network now boasts 60 million sign-ups. The company did not reveal how many of these translated to active accounts.

Speculation that Sony might confirm the much-rumoured PlayStation phone at CES was left unrewarded, although CEO Kaz Hirai at one point hinted that the firm was "integrating into mobile the assets we've collected in the PlayStation family."

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Tameem Antoniades Creative Director & Co-founder, Ninja Theory Ltd8 years ago
This has been the future for many decades now - let's hope sony pull it off this time
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Stephen McCarthy Studying Games Technology, Kingston University8 years ago
it better not cost more then 200 if it going to work well.
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Phil Hindle Technical Director, FreeStyleGames8 years ago
Agreed Tameem. I've been wanting a decent VR-like solution for ages. In theory with LCD displays now being small, hi-resolution, cheap, colourful and fast, this is something which should be very achievable at a sensible price point.
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Jordan Woodward Level Designer, Codemasters Birmingham8 years ago
I can't help but think this will strain your eyes. Sounds pretty sweet though! Very futuristic.
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Graham Bennett Lead Gameplay Designer, Mythic Entertainment8 years ago
Unless they've found a way to fool the inner-ear these will just be another fad, like all gaming headsets before them.
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Andrew Jakobs Lead Programmer 8 years ago
@Graham Bennet: I really don't know what you are talking about with the inner-ear thing, I guess it must be something with you. I have a few HMD's, and IMHO they really aren't a fad (yeah well I guess the iPhone is a fad too IMHO). The biggest problem is the high resolution displays, they just costs too much to get a decent consumerprice, especially since the market isn't that big.. I personally would kill for a headset with good tracking and 1280x720 per eye and a big FOV for under $500. at the moment the closest you can get is a Vuzix VR920 for around $300 which only has 640x480 per eye and the tracking is bad (haven't checked the latest drivers yet though)..
gaming in stereoscopic 3d is great, but gaming in stereoscopic 3d with full headtracking is awesome, especially if the game supports independant weapon movement, so you can look left but still fire to the right.
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Christopher D Rose Director, Radical Brains8 years ago
Sounds great, will no doubt be using the OLED technology
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Louis Sugiyama Account Manager, Publicis Modem8 years ago
Sounds like a supurb idea - separates the HDTVs from the 3D but they need to work on that name... innuendos ohoy much? Question of connectivity is there for me however - if this becomes a platform specific peripheral then its days are marked - it needs to be universal like a HDTV for TV/Blu-Ray/PC connectivity not limited to just Sony.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 8 years ago
I'd imagine Sony is targeting its own products first so there's going to be that whole "connectivity" thing going for the headset (and yeah, it NEEDS a name change like Puck-Man got before it became Pac-Man), but it absolutely needs to work universally as Louis says or I can see problems down the road for those who don't want the complete Sony media center experience...
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I would personally go for an OLED display with the best 3D tech I can get. Add to that a bose like sound system for the ears and we might have a deal.

Then we can all play XBOX games with the darn thing. This might be the first successful step into cheap home VR type experiences. Just imagine watching Avatar with this baby.
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Cory Spooner Level Architect, 2K Marin8 years ago
Cool. I want a Resident Evil 1 remake with the headset and a Move gun :) Then I can almost die happy.
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Tameem Antoniades Creative Director & Co-founder, Ninja Theory Ltd8 years ago
Personally, i think pico-projectors hold promise for HD images projected onto treated lightweight glass or plastic lenses. reckon we are 5 years away from a good universal and cheap solution.
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Fran Mulhern , Recruit3D8 years ago
Funny, I was thinking about this the other day.

Suspect the big problem will be getting a good enough resolution, not to mention weight.

Could be great though!
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