Sony Patents Valve Index-Like VR Controller With Finger Tracking

A recently-published patent from Sony Interactive Leisure means that the corporate is engaged on a brand new VR movement controller, just like these for the Valve Index. May this be a brand new PSVR 2 controller?

The patent for a ‘Controller System‘ outlines an enter mechanism for a “home-use recreation machine” that “detects motion of a person’s hand”. Not solely that, however the equipment options “a plurality of sensor items that detect the fingers of the person”. These can detect “the proximity or contact of a finger and outputs a finger detection sign indicating the state of proximity or contact of the finger.”

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Within the picture above, you possibly can see a design not too dissimilar to present VR controllers; the person suits their hand right into a strap and wraps their fingers across the again of the gadget to grip.

The sensor items talked about above are positioned the place the fingers would relaxation identical to the sensors on the Index controllers or these embedded in an Oculus Contact controller. When the fingers are wrapped across the sensor, the controllers can relay that info to a given VR recreation and replicate the person’s in-game fingers as making a fist or grabbing object. When the sensors can’t discover a finger, they’ll assume it’s prolonged outwards and replicate that in-app.

Once more, this has been a function in PC VR setups for a number of years now, however no such function exists within the PlayStation Transfer movement controllers for the unique PSVR. Given the timing of the patent’s publication, this might point out that Sony is seeking to implement any such finger monitoring into new movement controllers for its rumored PSVR 2 headset, considered launching for the upcoming PS5 console.

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The drawings additionally present a strap for the person’s hand that might, in principle, permit gamers to let go of their controller and have it stay of their hand. On this means, the controller might be able to simulate the grabbing of digital objects, a lot in the identical means Valve’s Index controllers do.

In the meantime on the entrance of the gadget, we are able to see what seems to be like 4 face buttons with what might both be a fifth bigger button within the center or, presumably, an analogue stick, a function that’s sorely lacking within the present Transfer controllers for PSVR.

Nevertheless it doesn’t sound as if Sony has settled on a definitive technique of monitoring fingers, at the least in response to the patent. At one level the textual content says the sensor items could possibly be configured by both an “electrostatic sensor or an infrared sensor” as examples.All that stated, that is after all only a patent and under no circumstances a sign of the ultimate design of a possible new movement controller for a possible PSVR 2. In actual fact, we’ve seen different patents from Sony for the same product sporting a completely totally different design.

We do know that Sony is implementing some thrilling options into its subsequent DualShock controller for PS5, together with triggers that may apply resistance when squeezing and improved haptic suggestions. We’re hopeful these options discover their means into a brand new PSVR controller too. However we’re not anticipating PSVR 2 to launch alongside PS5, which hits this vacation season, so we’re seemingly in for a protracted wait earlier than these options are confirmed.