Sony Patents An AR Gaming Visor For PlayStation

By Zuhaad Ali

VR headsets are now widely used in video games. Sony along with HTC and Facebook, have introduced VR headsets like PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and many more. While VR headsets have been around for some time now, there’s another technology that’s been pacing up called – AR Gaming Visor or Augmented Reality. We’ve already seen many mobile games and apps taking advantage of this technology. The most common example of this is – Pokemon GO from Niantic.

Sony Files Patent For AR Gaming Visor

According to a recent patent filed by SIE, Sony has proposed an idea of an AR gaming visor for video games and other purposes like video streams, etc. With PlayStation 5 now officially revealed, fans are eagerly waiting for a new PSVR headset or a brand-new AR Visor?

“A wearable or mountable visor or display apparatus capable of presenting augmented reality (AR) content. The primary intent of the AR visor is to parse and selectively display desired heads up display (HUD) content from a video stream or video game such as a map, timer or clock, speedometer/tachometer, instrumentation panels, or similar context-sensitive information relevant to a video game or stream.”

It would indeed be interesting to see how this technology would be used in video games. Below, you can see some of the examples for this AR gaming visor and some of the tech that comes along with the device.

“In some examples, the interpose display is configured to be worn on the head of the computer gamer as, e.g., the visor of an AR headset. Or, wherein the interpose display may be configured like a pair of glasses.”

“In example implementations, the instructions are executable to present on the interpose display user content, data and/or updates from video gameplay including one or more of: health/lives, time, score, weapons/ammunition, capabilities, menus, game progression, mini-map, speedometer/tachometer, context-sensitive information, reticle/cursor/crosshair, stealthometer, compass.”

“The interpose display can include an inner surface and a touch-sensitive outer surface facing the primary display, and the instructions are executable to move AR information presented on the interpose display in response to touches on the outer surface of the interpose display”

“In example embodiments, at least one camera may be presented on the interpose display and positioned to track an eye orientation of the computer gamer, with information from the camera being sent to a game console executing the computer game program for, e.g., establishing a computer game weapon aim line.”

Keep in mind that this is just a patent which doesn’t necessarily mean that it would be coming in the future. What are your thoughts on this? Let us know in the comments!

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