Sony patents new motion sensing controller with sensors that track individual finger movements, pointing to plans for a ‘next generation’ version of the PlayStation VR headset
- A patent filed in Japan unveils a new VR controller with motion detection from Sony
- The controller has a small strip of sensors on the back that can be used to detect individual finger movements and position
- The controllers also have a fixed sideband to hold the controller in, even when players let go of their grip
This month Sony has applied for a new patent for a virtual reality game controller that supports motion control and has sensors that can automatically detect the finger position of the player when they grab it.
The patent does not specify which game console or device it is intended for, but merely states that it works with a “home-use game machine” that “detects a user’s hand movement.”
The large candy-shaped device has a thin strip on the back that is used to detect the exact position of the finger.
A patent filed in Japan shows a possible new design for the next Sony VR motion controller, with a sensor strip that tracks individual finger movements and position
The patent, published in Japanese and roughly translated by Google, says that the sensors not only detect the finger position, but also “bend and stretch each finger,” suggesting that game designers can use specific finger movements as a way to a game.
The front of the controller has a traditional joystick surrounded by four face buttons, according to a report on Upload VR.
The back of the controller has a large trigger button.
Instead of a conventional wristband, the patented controller appears to have a safety strap that is attached to the side and is meant to slide your fingers through the knuckles.
Unlike a traditional wristband, this would make it possible to release someone’s grip on the controller without actually dropping it, which supports the idea that players are meant to use individual finger movements as a normal part of the gameplay.
The controller appears to have a conventional front joystick and a side-mounted strap to hold the controller in place even when players release their grip
The patent says the finger sensors can use infrared or electrostatic detection, indicating that they have not yet completed the design plans
Rumors that Sony would release a ‘next generation’ version of its PlayStation VR headset in addition to the upcoming release of PlayStation 5 this fall
The patent says that finger tracking could use electrostatic sensors or infrared sensors, indicating that there are still a number of design choices that have not yet been completed.
The new patent supports rumors that Sony is releasing a version of its PlayStation VR headset in addition to, or possibly after, the PlayStation 5 this fall.
At CES, Sony revealed the logo for PlayStation 5, but the company does not have to fully reveal the features, launch games, or price of the console.
WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT THE PLAYSTATION 5 so far?
The PlayStation 5 is the next version of the popular home game console from Sony.
It will have a customized 8-core AMD processor.
The console will also use a graphics processor from AMD’s new Navi line.
Sony says the console comes with a hard drive and can play older PlayStation 4 games.
It will also be compatible with current PlayStation VR games and headsets.
The console outputs 3D audio and works with 8K televisions.
Sony has yet to specify a price or release date, but PlayStation 5 promises to be released for Holiday 2020.