Can Sony make virtual reality a key product for the PlayStation?
That's what we'll likely find out at 6 p.m. PT Monday when the tech giant starts its annual presentation at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles. The company has used this venue to announce some of its most popular games, such as The Last of Us, a zombie survival thriller that was considered one of the best games of 2013.
Unlike Facebook's Oculus VR, which in 2012 announced its prototype "Rift" headset and ignited consumer interest in the field, Sony isn't entirely focused on virtual reality. Sure, the Project Morpheus headset will immerse wearers in three-dimensional worlds, often featuring gee-whiz visuals tied to the hottest games. But Sony is more than that. It's an entertainment company, it still makes PlayStations for normal 2D televisions and it makes other technology as well.
The event will start at 6 p.m. PT and last about two hours. We'll be bringing you the news live from Los Angeles. I'll be live-blogging along with Scott Stein, Dan Ackerman and Jeff Bakalar. Josh Miller will provide photography.
You can figure out what time the event will start in your time zone here.
Sony will be among the last of the big announcements Monday. Bethesda Softworks will kick off the show Sunday with a presentation discussing titles like its upcoming postapocalyptic adventure game, Fallout 4. Microsoft, Electronic Arts and Ubisoft will then hold their own press conferences throughout Monday, leading up to Sony's announcements. Tuesday morning, Nintendo will stream an announcement video.
Some of the most anticipated Sony games include Uncharted 4, the latest entry in the company's "Indiana Jones"-esque action adventure series. There's also No Man's Sky, a game about space exploration made by Hello Games that promises players a near-infinite universe to see.
But some of the biggest news will likely revolve around Sony's Project Morpheus. The company. Morpheus already has a lot of competition: Game maker Valve , which is launching later this year. Facebook's Oculus, meanwhile has which launches in the first quarter of next year.
Sony will likely lean heavily on its own game making studios to provide titles for the headset, providing a compelling reason to keep an eye on their announcements this year.