Sony to give ‘virtual reality’ headsets another try

By on July 20, 2011
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Sony testing the forgotten vizor based virtual reality headsets for immersion gaming.

After motion tracking and 3D games, what is next for video game technologies? Sony says “Virtual reality”. Do you remember the fad of virtual reality headsets, where someone would wear vizors over their eye to be immersed in games? Sony confirmed Develop magazine that it is yet re-experimenting on the technology within its studios.

Mick Hocking, senior director at Sony Worldwide Studios, said that a prototype device used to test virtual reality also displays high-end 3D.

“We’ve got a new head mounted display [in development] that we showed at Consumer Electronics Show,” He said the prototype device has twin-OLED screens – one for each eye – to eliminate information crossover issues.

Now further developments have led Sony to incorporate head-tracking into the device, paving the way for a virtual reality experience. The tech is being experimented on with a number of games including first-person shooters, but there appears to be no solid product launch plans for now.

“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.”

So, hopefully we would have something solid to see by time of next consumer show or E3, to see how the new technologies have eliminated the problems of past VR headsets like image crossover, headaches, and looking stupid while using it. If this project really works out then combined with Sony Move to act as controller and 3D images in your face, could totally immerse you in future of gaming.


Dad in the day, Gamer by night. Loves everything Geek. By profession an Engineer but my hobby has been Video gaming on PC since 1989.

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