Sony Patent Suggests Next PSVR Could Have Oculus-Like Inside-Out Tracking

A Sony patent has been found suggesting that the next iteration of PlayStation VR will feature inside-out tracking and new finger-freeing controllers (not unlike controllers used for Oculus devices).The patent documentation was found by LetsGoDigital and can be read in full here. The images supplied suggest that this new headset will feature inside-out tracking, meaning there will be no need for an external camera to track your hand movements – it will all be taken care of by the headset and a sensor within the controllers.

Images of the patented Sony controller designs.

This is the approach used by many popular VR headsets such as the Oculus Quest and the Oculus Rift S. The controllers seen in the patent also differ drastically from the PlayStation Move wands currently used with PSVR.

Instead, they bear resemblance to Valve’s groundbreaking ‘Knuckles’ controllers, which free up the user’s hands and allow for individual finger-tracking. Instead of clutching on to a wand, you’ll be gripping a module with your fingers free. Also, on the face of the controllers, we see typical PlayStation buttons, including an analogue stick on both hands, a feature famously missing from the Move controllers.This is just a patent for now so it doesn’t confirm anything about the next iteration of PSVR. There’s also the chance that these are to be used in conjunction with the “next generation” VR headset Sony is working on, which may itself be entirely separate from PSVR.

To get yourself wondering about what could be, check out our article covering all of the best PSVR games.

Jordan Oloman is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.




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