Sony Files Patent for Wireless VR Tracking Device
Sony may be experimenting with a Vive-style Virtual Reality tracking device, according to a patent filing from last year. The document mentions a tracker that work very similar to the HTC Vive tracking technology. Working as an external projector, Sony’s patented device would use mirrors and lights to map the user’s physical movements directly into the VR headset.
The PSVR Headset Could Get Even Better
The current Sony PSVR has a camera that detects light from the VR headset, but it limits the tracking to a very small area. The PS4’s camera has problems with the light getting in the way and interfering with the tracking, in case this new technology gets into the Sony VR headset it will grant gamers mobility and an accurate and more immersive PSVR experience.
Even though filing a patent nowadays is as insignificant as reading the horoscope, the fact that is so closely related to VR must ring some bells. Besides, Sony is heavily investing in Virtual Reality. Granting the ability to walk around in a virtual environment would greatly improve the feeling of immersion, this technology could help the PSVR compete with the Rift and the Vive.
The patent says the tracking device is actually wireless, so it would connect to the PlayStation through either Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. The other companies have already announced wireless peripherals for their own headsets, so it should not come as a surprise that Sony intends to do the same. However, the patent does not say whether the tracker would be built as part of the next PSVR or as an add-on for the existing VR headset.
Sony and Virtual Reality
The PlayStation VR was released in October of 2016. Since then, Sony has not said much about the new gadget. We don’t know exactly which new titles are coming to the platform or how were the PSVR sales last year. But we can’t deny that Sony’s new PS4 Pro offers a noticeable improvement in VR performance, and this along with the patent filing might mean that Sony is willing to stay with Virtual Reality for much longer.