Seems Sony is planning to give gamers an altogether different experience of virtual reality. Sony Computer Entertainment has reportedly filed a patent for a glove that can interact with objects in virtual reality world.
Spotted first by NeoGaf user Rosti, the patent suggests that the Japanese company may be looking at a new way to interact with PlayStation. Media reports suggests that the glove would be able to track position of gamers’ fingers. This means that gamers may be able to see what their hands are doing in real-time within VR.
According to a report in Stuff.tv, “It could also detect pressure and wrist movement, and include rumble feedback to create a sense of touch to go with the visuals.”
Sony is scheduled to host a PlayStation VR event on March 15. The company has sent out invites for a press conference focused on the virtual reality headset. The invite-only event is part of the Games Developers Conference.
Virtual reality (VR) is expected to become a $1 billion global business. HTC’s Vive VR headset was one of the key highlights of this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. Vive recently went on pre-order at a cost of $799 per unit.
South Korean tech giants Samsung Electronics and LG recently unveiled new smartphones with better cameras and turned to virtual reality to boost interest in their headsets at a time of slowing sales.
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg made a surprise appearance at the Samsung press conference to announce a partnership with the South Korean firm to promote the use of virtual reality on the social network.