Sony Patent Adds Weight to PS4 Virtual Reality Headset Rumor
There’s more smoke rising around the rumor of a Sony virtual reality headset for the PlayStation 4.
That’s significant because even though Sony has been in the 3D headset business for a few years now with its HMZ line of devices, it has never used the term “virtual reality” to describe the technology, opting instead to refer to it as a “personal viewer headset.” Here’s the interesting bit of text from the patent:
The head-mounted display has an optical unit for each of the left and right eyes and used in combination with a headphone to allow control of senses of vision and hearing. If it is so configured that the vision of the external world is completely blocked when it is mounted on the head, the feeling of virtual reality in viewing images increases.
To be clear, the patent itself is not for a VR headset specifically, rather, it’s for a method of removing distortion from images viewed via a headset.
This particular patent isn’t exactly the smoking gun confirmation we were hoping for, but it’s also significant because of the date it was published — September 19. That’s 10 days after Sony unveiled its new HMZ-T3 Personal Viewer Headset on September 9, suggesting this is technology that will be applied to a separate device.
We’ve contacted Sony in the past about the virtual reality headset rumor, and the response was a straight, “We do not comment on rumors or speculation.”