18 April 2019
Sony has filed two new patents which are related to Virtual Reality (VR). While one aims to put you virtually into a live sports game another one is about inserting avatars of your friends into your games. These two patents filed in the last two years were published last week.
The first patent is about putting the users virtually in the live games arena from where they could enjoy the game like other live spectators who are actually present there. This way the users will be able to spectate their favorite games when they can’t be present physically at the same time. They would feel the live environment and see the game being played.
According to the patent titled “Spectator View Into An Interactive Gaming World Showcased In A Live Event Held In A Real-World Venue,” this would be accomplished using an array of cameras to make the VR users feel as if they’re attending the tournament. The seats would include cameras and microphones and a proximity sensor in the seats could tell whether real people are sitting in the seats as to not use those for broadcast for people who’d virtually enjoy it.
The second patent describes that Sony wants you to drop your friends’ avatars into NPC crowds so that they can spectate your game. The idea is that having your friends and family on the sidelines watching you perform creates an engaging experience because it’s better to see your closed ones cheering for you than the fake spectators.
The avatars can range from “life-like representations” of your buddies, to an avatar that they’ve chosen, and they can spectate in real-time via VR.
Note that not everything seen in patents becomes a final product. But these ideas do seem to go official somewhere in the future.