Sony Files Patents For PlayStation Glove
You could be looking at the first accessory for PlayStation VR.
Sony has filed new patents for a gaming glove that might be used in conjunction with the company's upcoming virtual reality device.
The patents in question were actually filed with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office way back in 2014 but were only just published this week, as noted in the NeoGAF forums. The patents include:
- 14/517733 | Thumb Controller
- 14/517741 | Glove Interface Object
- 14/503275 | SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING FEEDBACK TO A USER WHILE INTERACTING WITH CONTENT
It seems this fancy glove has a flex sensor that identifies and tracks finger positions, and there's a "contact sensor" that determines if contact is being made. Additionally:
"In still other embodiments, virtual gloves may be worn by multiple users in a multi-user game. In such examples, each user may use one or two gloves. The users may be co-located or interfacing in a shared space or shared game from remote locations using a cloud gaming system, networked device and/or social networked collaboration space.
In some embodiments, a glove may be used by one or more remote users to interact in a collaborative way to examine documents, screens, applications, diagrams, business information, or the like. In such an implementation, users collaborating may use their gloves to touch objects, move objects, interface with surfaces, press on objects, squeeze objects, toss objects, make gesture actions or motions, or the like."
Of course, we all remember the Power Glove but technology has come a long way in three decades. It'll be interesting to see if and when this accessory shows up, and how it will work with PlayStation VR (if it is indeed designed for that device). The latest rumors for PSVR include a proposed launch window and a possible price of $300. All we really know for sure is that it's officially slated to release some time later this year, and it will cost "about what a new game console costs."
2/27/2016 11:04:45 AM Ben Dutka