Virtual reality may first recall player-centered experiences, but certainly the audience is just as important. To that end, a new Sony patent has emerged that addresses how the public experiences virtual reality through PlayStation’s current streaming capabilities. In short, this new technology expands into what PSVR headset owners can experience while watching a VR playback.
Apparently, the patent does not specify the broadcast methods used for either PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5, so it is unclear whether this new technology would be tied to a single console. Either way, this could mean a new way for virtual reality fans to live games on PlayStation apart from playing themselves. Experiencing games through PlayStation VR could also give them a look at a title before committing to buying that game.
According to a Game Rant report, the newest patent allows viewers to switch between first-person and alternative perspectives. Basically, users can see the game both from the player’s eyes and from different points of view. It is unclear what these other views are available, but they involve a full exploration of the games in question or something more local, such as a close third-person perspective close to the player. Game Rant describes the idea as a standalone option for exploring the game world in the viewer’s own time, apart from the station. In other words, the patent would possibly allow viewers to get ahead of the person actually playing the game.
Only the latest in Sony’s VR track
Many of Sony’s latest patents seem to lean towards a future of connecting gamers through some games. As Game Rant points out, this patent could be related to the PlayStation Share Play feature, which allows players to invite friends to watch them or play with them in certain games.
Just earlier this year, Sony applied for a patent that would allow audience participation in virtual reality games, which seems to have been the first step toward the latter patent. Some classics like “Resident Evil 4” have already been confirmed to make the leap to virtual reality. Nothing specific has been confirmed about the new version of PlayStation VR coming to PlayStation 5, but rumors have not abated either.
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