Sony filed for a new patent late last week for a mechanism seemingly meant to pair with the PSVR. The “Posture Control System,” as it’s named in the patent, is a gyroscopic, full-body device which “changes a direction of the user’s body and a display unit mounted on the user’s head.” The Sony patent seems to indicate that the machine responds to the player’s own movements as input for the VR experience, instead of moving the player’s body to match a premade adventure (such as a VR roller coaster).
It’s important to remember with patents, however, that there is no guarantee that the invention a company has filed for is currently being developed or will ever be developed. Sony could want to create this machine, or the company may be aiming to prevent others from submitting patents for similar gyroscopic virtual reality apparatuses until the patent has expired. My money is on the former, being that the verbiage in the patent is fairly descriptive of the machine’s function. Most likely, Sony has experimented with or even made a prototype of a device akin to the one in the patent.
Now it’s your turn to speculate. What do you think Sony has in mind with this machine? Where could we be seeing it in the future? Let me know your ideas below!