Sony Looking into Virtual Reality Tech for Games

During the mid-1990s, there was this thing called virtual reality. You wore a big-ass helmet and gloves, maybe a whole suit, and a computer read your movements and actions and translated them into a virtual world. It was a big, dumb, terrible technology that spawned big, dumb, terrible movies and TV shows.

But now that 15 or so years have passed since the heyday of “VR Troopers,” Sony is thinking that it might be cool to bring back technology that you have to wear, now that we have motion-sensing camera tech like Kinect that you don’t. Totally makes sense.

Senior Director Mike Hocking of Sony Worldwide Studios said during an interview with Develop that Sony has lots of games its currently testing VR tech with, including a first-person shooter.

‘We’ve got a new head mounted display [in development] that we showed at Consumer Electronics Show,’ he said. ‘At the moment it’s just a head-mounted display; the head isn’t being tracked – but that’s something we’re doing R&D on.

‘I have to say, what we’ve done in the R&D projects has just been fantastic,’ he added. ‘We’re working with a couple of games at Sony that are experimenting with virtual reality type experiences.’

Hocking has said that we finally have decent enough technology to make virtual reality a real reality. He didn’t comment on the dangers of messing with crazy awesome technologies, but I direct you to Virtuosity. Consider that before you sign up with Sony’s technology.

Via CVG.

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