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Sony Files Patents For PlayStation Glove

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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

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."

Tags: playstation glove, ps power glove, playstation vr glove

2/27/2016 11:04:45 AM Ben Dutka

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Saturday, February 27, 2016 @ 2:42:02 PM

Awesome. I have a Nintendo Power Glove up on my wall for posterity.

This is starting to sound a lot like FBI Agent Norman Jayden's setup in Heavy Rain, just a bit bigger of course.

I like the idea of sharing virtual space with people. You could have a horror game with various people in the same spooky house looking around.

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mk ultra
Saturday, February 27, 2016 @ 5:46:18 PM

That's awesome, you still have it displayed. I got mine tucked away with my power pad and red light gun. Power pad still works too. Pulled it out a few months ago to show my nephew. He loved World Class Track Meet.

That's what this needs now. Come out with a power pad Sony! It'll be like 1990 in the future.

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Saturday, February 27, 2016 @ 4:55:12 PM

It's so bad.

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mk ultra
Saturday, February 27, 2016 @ 5:18:52 PM

+1000 thumbs up if that's a reference to The Wizard.

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mk ultra
Saturday, February 27, 2016 @ 5:31:21 PM

This actually sounds pretty cool and makes a lot of sense for VR. I could definitely imagine passing something to someone in a co op game, actually picking documents up in a survival horror, or actually reaching out to open a door in Detroit.

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Saturday, February 27, 2016 @ 11:59:54 PM

The old is new again. The Nintendo Power Glove is back. I guess the Power Pad can't be that far away too.

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Sunday, February 28, 2016 @ 1:19:06 PM

it's the power glove all over again... :(

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Banky A
Sunday, February 28, 2016 @ 11:38:44 PM

I'll keep trying to punch my protagonist's brother.

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