PlayStation VR (PSVR) is a improbable VR headset, however one in every of its greatest points is the monitoring system. A brand new job itemizing suggests Sony is engaged on one thing new to enhance that facet.
PlayStation’s London-based R&D lab is looking for an R&D Engineer who will “work on tracking systems and drivers for a VR related project” that goes unnamed. Higher but, the itemizing says the profitable candidate will probably be liable for “Development and integration of tools, APIs and device drivers for VR including image processing and tracking using multiple sensor data.”
These final three phrases might imply large issues for the way forward for PSVR. Presently, PSVR’s monitoring system makes use of a single digicam hooked as much as the PlayStation four console. It permits for 360 diploma monitoring of the user’s headset by following a set of lights that emit from the shell when in use. Nonetheless, it’s inconceivable to make use of PlayStation Transfer controllers in a 360 diploma atmosphere with this method, as their very own lights are occluded by the user’s physique when going through away from the digicam. Using a single digicam additionally causes drifting points for a lot of gamers, with controllers transferring when held nonetheless and headset monitoring shifting barely always.
Not only might a number of sensors allow 360-degree monitoring on PSVR but it surely might additionally present extra dependable positional information to cease drifting.
This isn’t the primary time we’ve heard point out of improved monitoring for PSVR. Again in February, we reported on the reveal of a patent for a brand new device that might monitor the headset a lot in the identical approach the SteamVR base stations monitoring the Vive. May this be the venture this position is promoting for?
Both approach we would not discover out for a while. It’s fairly doable this we’re trying on the early workings of a refreshed monitoring system for no matter VR experience is available on the following PlayStation console, which we’re not anticipating to be announced for just a few years but. Or, after all, it might all be nothing.
We’ve reached out to Sony to ask for extra details about its work on this space, however haven’t heard again on the time of publication. We are going to replace this story as we study extra.