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    Watch: Sony Reveals Research On Next-Gen Finger-Tracked VR Controllers

    Past patents have suggested that Sony is working on finger-tracking for a new VR motion controller, possibly PlayStation Move 2, to be paired with an unannounced PSVR 2 headset. Now a new video from Sony researchers gives us a much more solid look at that work.

    The video accompanies a new research paper titled ‘Evaluation of Machine Learning Techniques for Hand Pose Estimation on Handheld Device with Proximity Sensor’. Crucially, the work is authored by Kazuyuki Arimatsu and Hideki Mori from Sony Interactive Entertainment. That’s the division of Sony specifically responsible for the PlayStation brand, and not the wider corp. Watch the video below – this could well be the basis forSony next-gen PlayStation Move 2 VR controllers.


    What we can see is a prototype for a controller similar to Valve’s Index Controllers in terms of functionality. Sensors in the controller are able to tell when a user is gripping the device with all their fingers and when they lift individual fingers away. The movement is imitated in a virtual representation of the hand, allowing for deeper hand presence in VR. As the video states, this technique doesn’t use any external vision to track the position of fingers as seen in the controller-free solution on Oculus Quest.

    Later on in the video we also see the controller put to the test with a simulated sweaty had and with hands fitted with rings and watches. The results are impressive.

    While nothing’s confirmed yet, it’s looking more and more possible that finger tracking becomes a major feature of Sony’s next-generation motion controllers for a possible PSVR 2. We do know that Sony is prototyping new headsets and we also know that its next-generation console, the PS5, will support the original PSVR headset. A true successor seems likely, and a new pair of controllers to accompany it is also likely to happen.

    If these really are Sony’s next-gen VR controllers, expect to see a strap somewhere on the final device to help you hold them, much like the original patent showed. A year ago, the company also licensed advanced haptics for VR controllers. Not only that, but advanced haptics and trigger resistance already feature on the new DualSense controller for PS5. Lots of threads to follow here.



    That said, don’t expect to see any of this work as a commercial product this year. Sony itself has warned that it’s not likely to release PSVR 2 alongside PS5. Hopefully we won’t have to wait too much longer, though. For now, check out everything we know about PSVR 2.


    Hyped!

    Το πιο πιθανο ειναι οτι θα δουλευει καπως ετσι το Move 2.
    Θα ξενερωσω αν δεν καταφερουν να το ενσωματωσουν στο PSVR2.
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    That's more like it
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    New PSVR Controllers Show Inside-Out Tracking, Index-Like Design In Fresh Patent







    The controllers, for example, look very similar to Valve’s Index Controllers, with a side-mounted ring that would likely house sensors for 6DOF tracking. The main grip for the controllers definitely looks like it could imitate the Index Controllers’ finger-tracking technology too.
    Another look at the design confirms that the controllers have not only triggers, but it also looks like the PSVR headset itself can track the position of the controllers. That suggests PSVR 2 might use an inside-out tracking system similar to the Oculus Quest and Rift S rather than the original PSVR, which relied on a user-facing camera.

    As always, we should point out it’s very possible that these patent filings won’t amount to much but, as we said before, they’re certainly consistent with other Sony filings we’ve seen.
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