It’s great to see Sony still supporting the PlayStation VR, even if it might not have been the huge success they envisioned. However, a new patent filed by Sony could indicate the company might have far bigger VR ambitions.
The patent filed by Sony is for what is essentially a VR glove, similar to what we have seen in films such as Ready Player One.
The gloves will deliver haptic feedback to the wearer’s fingers, giving them the illusion of actually touching objects in virtual reality. While a haptic feedback virtual reality glove might not be anything new, these have been around for some time in various forms, the patent does mention haptic feedback technology which could be incorporated in various clothing, footwear or even hats.
The patent describes that the technology will include various systems, such as heating and cooling elements, a motor and even compressed gas and liquid. All these systems will then be able to work in sync, with something like Sony’s PSVR, in order to help immerse players in their games even more than is currently possible.
It might seem that clothing, such as those described in the patent, might be part of the far off future but, considering that this was how many felt about virtual reality before it became part of many households technology, it might be closer to becoming a reality than we would expect.
Who knows, this technology might form part of what Sony has planned for the PlayStation 5. Having said this, as with many patents, it’s important to note that many of these products never see the light of day.
What do you think of this technology? Would something like this convince you to get a PSVR or dust off the one you already own and give it another try?