New PSVR 2 video shows finger tracking in action


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A video shows Playstation VR 2’s precise finger tracking, and Sony is also filing a patent for gameplay NFTs generated from your gaming moments.

The Playstation VR 2 will launch on February 23, 2023, and Sony’s new VR headset is ready and just waiting to ship. Those who were able to secure a pre-sale spot via Sony’s quirky lottery can look forward to an impressive piece of hardware, according to the first previews. Whether the steep price of 599.99 Euros is worth it will only become clear during the next one or two years.

A video has surfaced that shows how precise the VR headset’s finger tracking can be. Furthermore, a new patent from Sony describes a system for creating NFTs during gaming.

PSVR 2 tracks individual finger moments

On Twitter, a user posted a smartphone video showing a tester playing Horizon Call of the Mountain. It shows how the real finger movements are transferred from the Sense controllers to virtual reality.

The technology integrated in the Sense controllers fully replicates the user’s hands in VR and enables the conversion of small finger movements as three-dimensional inputs. The tester moves individual fingers, wiggles several fingers up and down alternately, or reaches into the virtual water with spread fingers during a boat ride. When looking at the monitor, the virtual movements can be seen, showing how the controls distinguish individual fingers.

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The exact replication of the hands in VR is achieved in part by the pressure sensors on the Sense controllers. The VR headset recognizes how the controllers are held and can thus represent the hand movements in VR accordingly. If the controller loses the connection or has difficulty detecting the pressure points, an AI system in the VR headset takes over and completes the hand animations.

Turn your PSVR 2 gameplay into NFTs – new Sony patent

How your hands behave in VR could soon be profitably immortalized for posterity. A Sony patent published last Thursday shows a blockchain infrastructure that supports digital asset trading.

The twist is that it should allow gamers to create NFTs from their gaming experiences. Sony’s system could capture gameplay moments in the form of screenshots or video recordings and turn them into NFTs with unique metadata. The patent also mentions game objects or game characters as examples.

These would be stored across devices. Sony cites the Playstation 4 and Playstation 5 consoles as well as the Playstation VR 2 as supported devices. Users would be able to view the history of an asset and thus gain insight into previous owners and all metadata.

Sources: XR Today, Patentscope, Twitter


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