The US Patent and Trademark Workplace (USPTO) printed one other Sony digital actuality patent final week, which pertains to know-how that can allow gamers carrying VR headsets to grow to be extra conscious of their environment.
The applying particularly talks in regards to the head-mounted show (HMD) detecting voices round gamers and notifying them that they’re being spoken to. As an alternative of gamers having to take off the headset or having to guess if somebody’s chatting with them, they’ll be given an choice to pause the sport and see what’s taking place round them by way of an externally-facing digicam.
An summary reads:
A way contains the next: presenting gameplay of a online game via a head-mounted show (HMD), the HMD being disposed in a neighborhood atmosphere; detecting an individual talking within the native atmosphere, whereby detecting the particular person talking contains capturing audio from the native atmosphere by the HMD, and analyzing the captured audio to establish the particular person talking within the native atmosphere; attentive to detecting the particular person talking within the native atmosphere, presenting a notification via the HMD, the notification offering an choice to pause the gameplay of the online game; attentive to receiving a command indicating collection of the choice, pausing the gameplay of the online game and presenting via the HMD a view via an externally going through digicam of the HMD that allows viewing of the particular person talking within the native atmosphere.
Whereas these purposes are not any indication that the characteristic or know-how being patented will materialize, they provide a glimpse into what corporations are testing and dealing on. This specific utility is for a characteristic that can definitely be welcome, and isn’t arduous to think about in future PlayStation VR headsets.
In the intervening time, we don’t know if Sony’s engaged on the following technology of PS VR however the firm has indicated that it’ll unveil its VR plans at a later date.
[Source: USPTO via Inverse]