Sony Files Patents for VR Headset

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For a while now, there have been rumblings and rumors about Sony working on a VR headset of the style of the popular Kickstarter project the Oculus Rift. A companion to the forthcoming PlayStation 4 console, up to now there hasn’t been much in the way of definitive confirmation that the VR headset will be a reality—until now.

A poster on NeoGAF’s forums found two patents—one for helping a headset-wearer learn of emergency situations in the real world, and one for “head motion detection and image stabilization—and the illustrations, one of which is at the top of this post, are pretty clear indications of what’s being made here.

A post on CVG elaborates on the patent filings, noting that the inventor listed in the patents is Ian Bickerstaff and Simon Benson, “a senior engineer at Sony Computer Entertainment Europe’s WWS Stereoscopic team” and “senior development manager at PlayStation Europe.” Furthermore, the post astutely draws a line of connection between the rumors from September that the headset was being used with Sony’s first-party PS4 game DriveClub, and the recent news that DriveClub was delayed to 2014. Man, I wish I’d thought of that.

But that makes a lot of sense, doesn’t it? Why else would Sony delay one of its first-party titles from coming out with its flagship home console unless it was planning on making an even bigger splash with a goddamn VR headset next year? There’s little chance that the game truly isn’t done—but I’m sure that Sony wants to make sure that it works with this headset thinger when it all comes out sometime next year.

What do you think? Would you be into a Sony-made VR headset? Or are you still on team Oculus? Perhaps you’re not interested in VR at all? Share your thoughts, please, good friends.

[NeoGAF via CVG]

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