PS5 Virtual Reality Shows Off Finger-Tracking Technology

A video has just surfaced detailing how Sony’s progress with its next generation Virtual Reality Controller will work – and it’s a huge different from what they had with the Playstation Move. Previously with VR on the Playstation, you would require a Playstation Eye and Move in order to work with the VR headset. This is no longer the case. According to the video, which shows off how finger-tracking may work with its sensors, researchers Kazuyuki Arimatsu and Hideki Mori published a paper detailing on how exactly this new technology would work, though not exactly stating whether or not this would come to the PS5, or at all, it certainly shows promise.


Sony’s Playstation Division, which is where the two researchers are from, shows off a prototype – with their paper, “Evaluation of Machine Learning Techniques for Hand Pose Estimation on Handheld Device with Proximity Sensor” – which actually connects the dots when rumors and talks back in February talked about the PS5 coming with a brand new VR system.



Though not much is known about Sony’s upcoming next generation platform, Playstation 5, nor of its accessories or even its VR components, we do know that there are upcoming titles which will fully use the VR technology provided by Playstation, one of which we’ve covered here as an upcoming open world MMORPG, Ilysia. We do know that Microsoft isn’t looking to invest or create with VR, as Head of Xbox Phil Spencer has said that, “I have some issues with VR — it’s isolating and I think of games as a communal, kind of together experience. We’re responding to what our customers are asking for and nobody’s asking for VR,” as stated in an interview with Stevivor


But fear not, as one of Sony’s well-known executives commented on Twitter, in regards to what the Xbox Head said, with the following:



As stated previously, it was rumored last year that VR hardware would be releasing alongside the PS5 later this year with its Holiday 2020 launch date, but as it is just a rumor, readers should probably take that with a grain of salt. It is possible that we’ll learn more about Sony’s plans for the PS5 in its reveal event, which I’ll be livestreaming on YouTube to provide commentary, but for now all we can do is have our fingers crossed.