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Sony's Morpheus takes real to a new level for gamers

It's about to get really real for gamers. Earlier this week, at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Sony unveiled Project Morpheus, a virtual reality headset that will give users a new level of immersion in the games.

The Morpheus headgear, which goes with the PlayStation 4 game console, supports a camera that has sensors built in so as the player's head rotates, the image of the virtual world rotates along with it.

Sony's Project Morpheus
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Sony's Project Morpheus

Morpheus will also use 3-D audio technology developed by Sony. Sounds will come from all directions, including stereoscopic sounds heard from below and above the players, such as footsteps climbing up from below them, or engine noises of helicopters flying overhead.

Just like the real-time camera views, sounds that players hear will also change in real-time depending on their head orientation.

This headset may open doors beyond the game world. "As with any virtual reality headset, the applications go far beyond gaming," said Mike Prospero, reviews editor of Laptop Mag. He adds that Morpheus can potentially be used for other graphics-heavy applications. "Its boundaries are virtually limitless," he said.

Prospero says Sony's Morpheus will put the pressure on to other companies, such as Microsoft, to get something virtual out as well.

—By CNBC's Christina Medici Scolaro.

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