Sony has finally confirmed that PlayStation 5 will be released by the end of 2020, though although the company has leaked a few key details about its next generation conference as part of the announcement, we have heard nothing about the inevitable PSVR2.
However, LetsGodigital has invented a patent for the next generation of virtual reality hardware, suggesting that the PlayStation V2 will be wireless, with a built-in camera and a transparent mode.
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Sony Interactive Entertainment filed a patent earlier this year – which was approved on October 3, 2019, with the title “Data Processing” at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
This patent details a virtual reality headset with three built-in cameras – two front and one rear – along with motion detection technology. If that is not enough, it seems that the PSVR 2 headset can also be wireless (connected via Bluetooth) and has an integrated power supply, microphone and its own video / audio signal source. In other words, it is no longer necessary to connect headphones for sound as the speakers will be incorporated.
This is a major change from the current PSVR headset which is wired, and it lacks a built-in speaker and microphone, though the actual appearance of the PSVR 2 headset doesn’t seem to go far beyond its predecessor.
And there’s more…
According to the patent, the potential PSVR 2 headset can also be great at movement tracking, with several LEDs positioned on the back of the headset.
Although the headset itself can be wireless, it may still be necessary to use a separate camera (such as a PlayStation camera) to track these LEDs and track the movement of players.
We can see the PlayStation Move controller upgrading, including its own built-in camera.
Next up is the possible addition of a transparent mode. This would allow the headset the ability to display a certain amount of transparency when required, allowing the user to see the real-life environment. The purpose of this? To allow AR applications.
And finally, we again saw the mention of a holographic mode that would allow users to play 3D games on PlayStation VR.
It is almost inevitable that PSVR 2 is on the way, but whether it will be similar to the patents we have seen so far is still uncertain. We know PS5 will be landing by the end of 2020, but we don’t expect to see a new generation PSVR until at least 2021.
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