Morpheus, Neo… could Sony’s Trinity be a Vita Next Gen?
Playstation VR was codenamed project morpheus, and the “so many rumors it’s pretty much confirmed” PS4K is apparently internally known as project “Neo” at Sony.
With such a clear series of references to the matrix (which, interestingly, is not a Sony Pictures property, but owned by Warner Bros), I feel it’s the right time to ask what other projects Sony might have up its sleeve.
Who is Sony’s Trinity?
The Playstation VR immerses the player in a Virtual Reality world, just like in the Matrix movie, Morpheus sends Neo down the “rabbit hole” into what is actually more real than what people think of as the real world. The connection here with PSVR is pretty clear. On the other hand, I’m not sure there’s any clever link between the PS4K and Neo, but one could easily say that the Playstation VR and the PS4K will work very well together, just like Morpheus and Neo complete each other in The Matrix.
OK, so, the metaphor works quite well so far, but there are many other characters in the Matrix that could be used as codenames by Sony for some of their ongoing projects. The Oracle could very well be some kind of promotion mechanism on the PSN that predicts what you’re most likely to purchase next ;). And no, I’m not even suggesting that the next hackers trying to take the PSN down decide to name their virus “Agent Smith”.
Obviously one of the most important characters of the Matrix is Trinity, the second love of Neo after Morpheus (what, didn’t we see the same movie?). So, who is Sony’s Trinity?
Popular twitter user Wario64 joked that Sony’s Trinity might be the Playstation Vita’s successor. That would almost make sense, the next gen Vita “pairs” with the PS4 (Neo) and they are the perfect couple. Wario64 jokingly adds “spoiler, Trinity dies at the end”. Hey wait, that’s getting uncomfortably accurate now.
Project Morpheus = PSVR
Neo = PS4.5
Trinity = PlayStation Vita successor
Spoiler alert: Trinity dies
— Wario64 (@Wario64) April 19, 2016
A direct successor to the PS Vita sounds unlikely to me, as the Vita was not a commercial success, compared to the 3DS, or to its older sister the PSP. Is it possible Sony would push some of its mobile gaming efforts on actual mobile phones, rather than a dedicated handheld? In that context, “Trinity” could very well be more of a mobile-gaming platform and set of services (a field where Sony is still lagging in my opinion) rather than a “true” vita successor. Such a service could include mobile games in the traditional sense ( a platform like iTunes or google play, a.k.a. a PSN for mobile phones), but also support for things like Playstation Now, etc… (Playstation Now is only supported on a few devices including some Samsung and Sony smart TVs, but not on phones at this point)
It’s obvious that Sony are working on many more projects in the Playstation world, and it’s possible one of them is codenamed Trinity. It could be a device, it could be a service, but hopefully whoever came up with that project made sure that project trinity has a clear symbiosis with project Neo (the PS4K), to keep the metaphor in line with my OCD tendencies.
Obviously, none of my assumptions above are based on any fact or insider information. Just saying 🙂
What do you think is Sony’s Trinity?