New Patent Shows Off PlayStation VR Motion Controller With Finger Tracking
The patent shows that Sony’s new controller is worn around the hand of the user and can track finger location using an array of sensors.
It looks like Sony is trying to improve its VR offering, as a recent patent suggests that the company is developing a new VR motion controller. The device offers many of the same features as the Valve Index — such as finger tracking — although it’s unlikely this device will launch anytime soon.
The patent reveals that the “Controller Device” can detect any movement of the player’s hand and features an array of sensors that can monitor finger location. The controller is worn around the hand of the user, fixed in place by a strap. When in use, the player’s fingers will naturally rest on the finger sensors — a design choice that is eerily similar to the Index controller. This sort of technology certainly isn’t new to the world of VR, but it is to PSVR.
Another new feature is the addition of what looks to be an analog stick on the front of the controller, something that will make games much easier to navigate. It’s flanked by four buttons — probably the typical face buttons used by PlayStation — and a trigger on the back.
There is also a significant portion of the patent dedicated to discussing an attachment that is “slidable on the rail member.” It sounds as if this is meant to be a way to adjust the size of the controller to accommodate different hand sizes. In fact, the patent addresses this directly by stating that the invention will “provide a controller device capable of adjusting a positional relationship between a sensor and each finger of a user.” Sounds like a pretty neat “controller device!”
Sony is heavily investing in VR, something that could set it apart from the competition during the next generation of consoles. While PC is still the king of VR, Sony is at least in the game whereas Microsoft is no where to be seen. Of course, Microsoft is betting big on stream-able services, so much so that it no longer considers Sony the main competition.
Sony’s “Controller Device” is sure to see plenty of changes before it ever hits the market, but it’s great to see the company making strides in VR technology. If Half-Life: Alyx performs well next month, virtual reality could take off in a big way.
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