Sony unveiled numerous details yesterday about the new generation, played by PlayStation 5, the console that will arrive in Christmas of 2020, and that will present new features in the form of improved DualShock or large-capacity disks to avoid lengthy installations. But what will happen with PlayStation VR? Will there be a new version of the headset? According to the patents that emerged today, registered by Sony in February 2019 and filtered by LetsGoDigital, a website that advanced the appearance of the PlayStation 5 development kit, it seems so.
The images filtered in the patent (approved on October 3, 2019) leave little doubt. The new PlayStation VR will be a wholly renewed device, which will keep some elements of the current set, but that seems to include up to three different cameras in the helmet itself. Two of them will be front, and one of them, rear. What will they do for you? It is not entirely clear, because, in virtual reality, each company uses them differently. Still, it could be a positioning element to avoid external accessories, offering the desired six degrees of freedom to the user. Also, the new PlayStation Move will include another so that it would make some sense.
The cameras, according to the Sony patent, would add to the LEDs of the current generation, providing us with recognition and positioning similar to the version of PlayStation VR that we can find in stores. Once again, a microphone would be added, and a rather ergonomic design would be sought. The record, which is also echoed by other media, highlights the possibility of adding an external camera to record even more accurately all the movements of the player.
The new cameras and the decision to eliminate the cables would offer more freedom to the player
But the most interesting of all, and that is in line with the idea of the Japanese company, is the decision to eliminate the cables. The new PlayStation VR would use wireless technology, regardless of cables, and sending and receiving data through a very advanced Bluetooth system . Naturally, this would mean that the new headset would have autonomy and its own battery, giving users more freedom. A few days ago, Shuhei Yoshida acknowledged that they were improving technology in this area, which the company feels especially proud of.
Possible improvements to PlayStation VR 2.0
A mixed-reality device?
It is the trick of Sony. Although it seems that the headset is intended for virtual reality, the company has included a transparent view system that would make use of the cameras mentioned above, which would offer the player a panoramic, accurate and 3D effect of everything that surrounds it Thanks to the layout and design of your lenses. For what? According to the patent description, this PlayStation VR operates similarly to gadgets of mixed reality and should provide full compatibility with the augmented reality.