Sony developing new virtual reality gear

By on July 20, 2011

Adds head tracking and 3D into the mix.

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You would think the massive failure of virtual reality gaming (the scars of Virtual Boy are still fresh) would deter manufacturers from investing into this risky and almost ridiculous proposition. But not Sony, who thinks adding head-tracking, “high-end” 3D and a snazzy design will make the technology alluring enough (and not make people feel stupid while wearing them).

During an interview with Develop, senior director Mike Hockings confirmed that a prototype device is already being tested in the R&D labs with a couple of games that are experimenting with such experiences. The devices features twin-OLED screens to eliminate any crosstalk when viewing content in 3D.

“We’ve got a new head mounted display [in development] that we showed at Consumer Electronics Show,” he said.

“At the moment it’s just a head-mounted display; the head isn’t being tracked – but that’s something we’re doing R&D on,” Hocking said.

“I have to say, what we’ve done in the R&D projects has just been fantastic. We’re working with a couple of games at Sony that are experimenting with virtual reality type experiences.”

One has to wonder if Sony plans to tie this in with the next Playstation along with Playstation Move acting as the controls. It is unlikely we would see any concrete stuff this year, but the next E3 seems like a good bet.


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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