With the PS5 set to launch this holiday there are some questions regarding the future of VR, more specifically how Sony will be handling the jump to the next generation with PSVR. There have been a number of rumours and patents about PSVR 2 but Sony is yet to be drawn out on announcing anything in an official capacity. However, two more patents have recently been uncovered by TheGamePost that point to Sony working on a motion sickness reduction system and updated tracker calibration systems. Motion sickness has proved to be a sticking point for players and developers alike though many VR games to feature comfort settings to reduce the impact of it. However, with Sony aiming to reduce the effects of motion sickness, which in turn could attract more players, that may mean developers will not have to consider as many comfort options for their games.
The motion sickness patent reads as follows:
Provided are a VR sickness reduction system, a head-mounted display, a VR sickness reduction method, and a program with which it is possible to further reduce VR sickness. An HMD (12) is provided with a display unit (38), which is disposed in front of the eyes of a user when the user wears the HMD (12). A shaking unit (42) can shake the head of the user wearing the HMD (12). An entertainment device (14) causes the display unit (38) to display a moving image representing a view as seen from a viewpoint. The entertainment device (14) controls the shaking of the shaking unit (42) in accordance with the acceleration condition of the viewpoint for the moving image displayed by the display unit (38).
Here is the abstract for the tracker calibration device:
Provided are a tracker calibration device, tracker calibration method, and program that make it possible to precisely calibrate a plurality of types of trackers without measuring the relative positions of the trackers beforehand. A tracker data acquisition unit (50) acquires a plurality of items of first tracker data indicating the position of a first tracker expressed using a first coordinate system. The tracker data acquisition unit (50) acquires a plurality of items of second tracker data indicating the position and orientation of a second tracker expressed using a second coordinate system. On the basis of the plurality of items of first tracker data and the plurality of items of second tracker data, a parameter estimation unit (58) estimates parameter values for converting the positions expressed using the second coordinate system into expressions in the first coordinate system and estimates the relative position of the second tracker in relation to the position of the first tracker.
A few months ago Sony also patented a finger tracking PSVR controller which could allow players to have a much more immersive experience when playing VR games. If Sony is planning to release an updated version of the PSVR we may hear more during a PS5 showcase event in the next couple of months.