According to rumors, Sony's new PSVR controllers are back in two new patents, with some interesting features.
VRcue first noticed the new controllers in a patent published in January 2018. Judging by the documents, the developers have removed the glowing ball that is present on the original PlayStation Move controllers. Perhaps they look most interesting, although they also have analog sticks. Current sticks do not have such sticks, which has made moving to VR quite difficult over the past three years. But these new patents filed in 2017 and published last week point to two other additions.
First, they are adapted to what Sony calls ‘a presentation of the feeling of power’. For us, it sounds like a basic form of tactile feedback. Basically, this would allow the controller to provide some resistance to pressing the buttons on the controller, namely the trigger. This can provide more thrilling sensations for actions such as pulling the gun trigger or pushing a button. The regulator can even provide different levels of pressure at various stages in the squeezing process.
The described device uses a sensor to detect the position of the hand. It sounds like a handy little addition, because we always load PSVR games to find out that we are holding the controllers incorrectly.
We are also wondering if this feature can be used for simple finger tracking, as it did with the Oculus Touch controllers. Basically, they know when your thumbs and, in principle, the entire palm grab sticks and triggers and display your virtual hands according to your movements. This is not the most accurate function, but it is a pleasant advance in terms of developing controllers.
It seems likely that the new PSVR controllers will accompany the new version of the Sony headset. Rumors of PS5 have been pumped up over the past few months, indicating potential disclosure next year. If this is true, we hope that Sony is also preparing a new version of its headset for launch along with the console. And the improved controllers are at the top of the list of desires of many users for such a device.
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