Sony gives Project Morpheus a predictable new nameSony shows off its virtual reality headset -- now called PlayStation VR -- in a new teaser video. Facebook is said to be testing a 360-degree video app, and Microsoft gets ready to unload new Windows 10 gadgets, most likely a Surface Pro 4.
The world of virtual reality continues to level up. I'm Bridge Carey, this is your CNet Update. [MUSIC] As we get closer to the launch of Sony's virtual reality gaming headset, it now has an official name. It's called, wait for it. Playstation VR. Yeah. Didn't see that one coming, right. Although PlayStation VR is a pretty predictable name, the code name was cooler. It was called Project Morpheus while in development. Sony confirmed the name on Twitter after announcing it at the Tokyo gameshow and released this video Showing off what types of games could be played in virtual reality. The Playstation VR has two Move controller wands that you'll hold to sense your hand gestures. We've been able to test out the prototype versions during various video game conferences. It has a 5.7 inch OLED screen inside with a fast Fresh rate to help you not feel so busy. Sony still hasn't given a price, but it says it's planning to release the headset sometime early next year. Now virtual reality is ramping up with headsets coming up soon from HTC and Oculus Which is owned by Facebook and even if you don't buy a special headset, Facebook is working on bringing something like virtual reality to your phone. The Wall Street Journal reports the social network is working on a video app that supports 360 degree videos. Also known as spherical videos, it lets you change your perspective by tilting the phone. So, instead of a headset, this is more like using your phone as a window into a virtual reality world. YouTube also started supporting 360 degree videos. And it created a camera rig of 16 GoPros to capture such video. Looking ahead, Microsoft is holding a press event to show off new products on October 6th. It sounds like it's time for some new Surface tablets, the ones with the detachable soft keyboard and a stylus that were around before the iPad Pro. Based on reports, we're expecting a new Surface Pro 4, and Microsoft will be under pressure to show how it's better then the iPad Pro, But maybe, we'll see a new version of the fitness tracking Microsoft band. Also, it's time see new Lumia phones that run Windows 10 and of course Everyone is waiting for more details on the hollow lens. That's Microsoft's headset that isn't exactly virtual reality. Instead the screen shows 3D images in front of your eyes, overlaying objects onto the real world in front of you. It stitches together the virtual world with the real one. Although we've seen a few demonstrations, Microsoft still has not given a price or a release date. The fall is a busy time for new gadgets and LG announced it also is going to have something to show off on October 1st. It could be the recently leaked D 10 phone, which is Said to have a separate small display under the main screen. The event is movie themed judging by the invite, so expect some talk about displays. That's it for this Tech News Update. There's always more at cnet.com. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey. [SOUND]