Sony has been awarded a patent for a glove which can interact with games in virtual reality (VR) and outlined plans for a cloud-based gaming system, which could be a competitor to its own PlayStation consoles.
The Japanese electronics giant was granted the patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on February 25 and it outlines how a "glove interface object" with sensors on it to track the movement of the hand, could connect with a processor and head mounted display. The hand would be rendered in virtual reality with a user able to see it via the headset.
"A growing trend in the computer gaming industry is to develop games that increase the interaction between the user and the gaming system. One way of accomplishing a richer interactive experience is to use wireless game controllers whose movement is tracked by the gaming system in order to track the player's movements and use these movements as inputs for the game," Sony's patent said.
Sony's concept is similar to the "Power Glove" released by the Nintendo in 1989, which could be used to control games on a screen. It had several buttons on it.
This is only a patent so it doesn't necessarily mean Sony will be making the product. But it does highlight the company's intent to try and innovate in the VR world against competitors such as the HTC Vive and Facebook's Oculus Rift.