VR gaming is the future and Sony plans to keep up with the changing landscape. Sony’s PS VR proved to be an unexpected success so naturally, there must be another device in development. In fact, we may have possibly spotted the PlayStation VR 2 in a new patent filing by the creators of all things PlayStation.
Sony Interactive Entertainment has filed a patent for a brand new VR device. Presumably PSVR 2, this device tracks the movements of your fingers. The idea here is to eliminate the need for a controller to promote a more natural VR experience.
VR games thrive on their immersiveness and removing the controller would actually do good for PSVR 2. The patent mentioned motion tracking through what look like wristbands with two rotating cameras.
“A method to identify positions of fingers of a hand is described. The method includes capturing images of a first hand using a plurality of cameras that are part of a wearable device. The wearable device is attached to a wrist of a second hand and the plurality of cameras of the wearable device is disposed around the wearable device. The method includes repeating capturing of additional images of the first hand, the images and the additional images captured to produce a stream of captured image data during a session of presenting the virtual environment in a head-mounted display (HMD). The method includes sending the stream of captured image data to a computing device that is interfaced with the HMD. The computing device is configured to process the captured image data to identify changes in positions of the fingers of the first hand.”
Interestingly, it seems all of you need are the headset and the bands. PS5 may have built-in VR feature that tracks your movements without an external device.
Rumor has it that Sony is planning a surprise PS5 announcement for early 2019 so this patent couldn’t have come at a better time. Still, this is just a patent and companies file thousands of patents that never materialize. Fingers crossed!