A new job listing for Sony’s Research and Development team points adds credence to Sony’s purported VR support.
Sony’s R&D department has been reportedly crafting a VR hardware solution to directly compete with the Oculus Rift, and further claims indicate that the Japanese console-maker will unveil the fruits of its VR labors at this year’s GDC event.
A new job listing for a Software Engineer in that same department furthers VR speculation, as it directly calls for the integration of “new PlayStation technologies” with popular software engines such as CryEngine, Unity, Havok and the Unreal Engine–all of which will power next-gen gaming.
“Sony PlayStation’s U.S. R&D Organization is looking for a talented engineer to join one of their software development teams. This engineer will work with game and middle-ware developers in order to integrate support for new PlayStation technologies.
“Knowledge of a wide variety of console game engines and middle-ware is highly desired. Examples of such engines and middle-ware are Bullet Physics Engine, CRI Middle-ware, CryENGINE, FMod, Havok, PhysX, Unity, Unreal Engine, WWise. “
While this job opportunity doesn’t necessarily confirm Sony’s anticipated virtual reality hardware, as “new PlayStation technologies” can be a pretty broad term, it fits well with the current time-frame regarding the anticipated VR headset. One of the principal responsibilities for the Software Engineer revolves around “implementing support for new PlayStation technologies in a variety of in-house and 3rd party middle-ware”, adding
It’s interesting to note that Sony’s VR headset is most likely still in its early stages along with actual platform itself, so the company will need time to refine both software and hardware solutions for the device. Furthermore Sony will need to mold compatibility solutions for the PlayStation 4, seeing as the console is the central powerhouse for the VR headset.
While we’re still not sure if Sony’s “new technologies” refer to a VR solution, we’ll likely find out during the company’s “Driving the Future of Innovation” presentation at GDC 2014. We’ll be sure to update you with more information when it becomes available, but for now all we can do is speculate.