PSVR 2: thermometer, eye-tracking… nearly 20 sensors against nausea!

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  • PSVR 2: Instead of eliminating Motion Sickness, Sony lets you get sick and tries to heal you

PlayStation VR may dominate the VR headset market, but this device is far from perfect and outperforming the competition in every way. Among its major shortcomings is a greater propensity to induce nausea in the user. Personally, while I can spend whole hours on Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, the PSVR makes me feel sick after just a few minutes.



However, a patent published last week suggests that Sony intends to solve this problem with the future PSVR 2. And the least we can say is that the Japanese firm does not intend to go dead hand.

Submitted on the sly six months after the launch of the first PSVR, this document describes a system to fight against “virtual reality sickness”. To do this, the helmet would embark nearly twenty (!) biometric sensors of all kinds: thermometer, eye-tracking cameras, humidity sensor, heart rate monitor, exterior orientation sensors ...

These diferent components would aim to detect if a VR experience becomes too intense or unpleasant for a user. The device would then take appropriate action. An on-board microphone would even be able to detect “negative” words.

PSVR 2: Instead of eliminating Motion Sickness, Sony lets you get sick and tries to heal you

If the sensors detect symptoms of nausea, the PSVR 2 may for example disable certain features. If the problem turns out to be more serious, the patent even mentions the possibility automatically call for help or trigger an audible alarm to warn people nearby.


The idea seems ingenious, even if the number of sensors described may seem a little excessive. However, rather than concentrating on finding the nausea or finding a cure, one could wish Sony would try to make its VR headset less emetic ...


Along with this “anti-nausea” system, the patent also indicates that the PSVR 2 would have its own battery. It could therefore be a standalone headset in the tradition of the Oculus Go. It would also be possible for the device to connect to the PlayStation through a wireless connection.



Patents and rumors around the PSVR 2 are on the increase, and suggest a tremendous improvement over the current model. It remains to be seen when this VR headset will be launched. It is likely that we will have to wait for the PS5, itself expected for the fourth quarter of 2020...



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