Recently reported by Android Headlines is a new patent registered by Sony, concerning a new and potentially unique way to play VR together locally. It would appear the system seems to be some kind of wireless base hub that connects to multiple headsets in a localized area.
There are a few things to unpack about this. For one thing, it shows Sony is at least eyeing up some form of potentially wireless solution for a future iteration of it’s popular PSVR system. For another, it would mean some form of room scale tracking (similar to the HTC Vive) would be necessary in this situation, not least to stop people from walking into each other. That camera system would also have to recognize multiple headsets in 3D space at the same time.
If this is something Sony could pull off, it would mean a giant leap forward for the future of VR gaming, which remains in a kind of constant state of flux due to hardware limitations and developers having to balance the risk of developing for a smaller install base.
However, with what we now know about Sony’s focus on mediating motion sickness and improving their VR kit in general – this all adds up to the possibility of a very impressive showing whenever the next iteration of Sony’s VR hardware hits shelves – presumably alongside or shortly after the Playstation 5.