It’s not yet official, but by the looks of it, we will need to rethink the way we interact with a VR-generated environment. Sony is about to unveil the patent for new kind of VR controller, one that relies more on independent finger tracking than on headset motion detection.
Sony To Spearhead the VR Revolution?
It’s been about eight years since the first wireless controller has been unleashed on the market and it would seem that things are about to get even better. Rumor has it that Sony is secretly working on the next-generation of VR controllers and two leaked patents have popped out all over the Internet.
While this is exciting news indeed, we don’t know for sure if the tech giant is really going forward with the project or if this is one of those ruses meant to keep users on edge.
What Should the New VR Controller Look Like?
According to schematics which bear Sony’s undistinguishable moniker, the VR controller resembles a vertical grip controller, with a directional thumbstick on top. Also, the patent also reveals that the VR controller will also have several customizable action buttons on top of the rubbery thumbstick and a trigger further down its body.
For convenience and extra comfort, the designers also added something that looks like a leather strap. Now, this is where things get interesting. On the front, the VR controller has finger placements which should be capable of detecting individual finger motion.
What it all boils down to is this – previous headset designs relied heavily on Sony’s head camera to determine the position of the controller. With the new design, it would appear that the each fingers’ movement is tracked using the finger placements, thus allowing more in-game freedom of movement.
Is this official? Unfortunately, it’s not, but it’s not unlike Sony to hold something back in order to surprise its fans.
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