The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) revealed one other Sony digital actuality patent final week, which pertains to know-how that may allow gamers sporting VR headsets to develop into extra conscious of their environment.

The software particularly talks concerning the head-mounted show (HMD) detecting voices round gamers and notifying them that they’re being spoken to. Instead of gamers having to take off the headset or having to guess if somebody’s chatting with them, they’ll be given an choice to pause the sport and see what’s occurring round them by way of an externally-facing digicam.

An summary reads:

A way consists of the next: presenting gameplay of a online game by way of a head-mounted show (HMD), the HMD being disposed in an area setting; detecting an individual talking within the native setting, whereby detecting the individual talking consists of capturing audio from the native setting by the HMD, and analyzing the captured audio to establish the individual talking within the native setting; attentive to detecting the individual talking within the native setting, presenting a notification by way of the HMD, the notification offering an choice to pause the gameplay of the online game; attentive to receiving a command indicating choice of the choice, pausing the gameplay of the online game and presenting by way of the HMD a view by way of an externally going through digicam of the HMD that allows viewing of the individual talking within the native setting.

While these purposes aren’t any indication that the characteristic or know-how being patented will materialize, they provide a glimpse into what corporations are testing and dealing on. This specific software is for a characteristic that may definitely be welcome, and isn’t arduous to think about in future PlayStation VR headsets.

At the second, we don’t know if Sony’s engaged on the subsequent era of PS VR however the firm has indicated that it’ll unveil its VR plans at a later date.

[Source: USPTO by way of Inverse]