The patents hint at modes for spectating events and going to your friend’s game.
Sony might be making PlayStation VR a little more interactive if two new patents filed for the platform mean anything. Filed in 2017 and 2018, the two patents seem to involve letting you, in the form of your virtual avatar, go to different places.
The first is about spectating live events, such as sporting matches, “anchoring” them to a physical location in the area of the event, like the arena or stadium, simulating you actually being at the event and watching from the stands.
The second is about taking games that have crowds and instead of having generic, nondescript NPCs in games that feature them, to populate it with your friends and families’ virtual avatars. So, for instance, in a theoretical WWE game in VR, instead of listless NPCs cheering in the background, your college pals could be clapping as you piledriver your opponent through a wooden table.
Of course, not everything that gets a patent will come to fruition, but it shows where Sony is looking to for the future of their PlayStation VR platform. In related news, other recent patent filings by Sony have pointed to a wireless headset and per-finger control and hand detection– read more about both through the links.