PlayStation VR 2: Eye tracking is becoming more accurate.
Tobii, a Swedish company that specializes in eye-tracking, has said it is in negotiations with Sony to put its technology in the future PlayStation VR 2 virtual reality headset.
Gaze tracking, which is included in the HTC Vive Pro and the HP Reverb G2, is far from new in the realm of virtual reality. This technology might possibly find its way into PlayStation VR's second generation.
According to Engadget, Tobii, a Swedish company, is in talks with Sony to put its own eye tracking technology in the PSVR2. The Scandinavian corporation acknowledges "ongoing" conversations with the Japanese behemoth without revealing anything more.
Tobii isn't the most recent addition to the field. For 20 years, the organization has focused in research and behavioral studies surrounding vision, whether in the sphere of health, education, augmented reality or clearly video games. Tobii in particular owes us an Eye Tracker 5 tracking bar to place on his gaming screen or laptop, which enables you to monitor your eyes and head during a game and change the field of vision to make it even more immersive (more than 150 compatible games).
The PlayStation 5's future VR headset might include eye tracking as a feature. The headgear would be able to reliably detect the player's gaze and head motions, allowing the console to intelligently conserve resources in order to maximize the experience. For example, the goal may be to increase the visual quality of what the player sees as much as possible while lowering the amount of graphic information in areas outside of his range of view.
A true technical asset that might improve the efficiency of the PS5's VRR (variable refresh rate) feature, which was just implemented. Thanks to eye tracking and associated technologies, immersion would be reinforced and fluidity might be greatly improved.
Tobii, on the other hand, has not yet revealed the financial arrangements that would be in place if Sony and Tobii achieve a deal. However, as Engadget points out, the company is compelled to publish the contents of the discussions in order to comply with European market legislation. As a result, we should be able to learn more shortly.
The PSVR2 is still a long way from being complete
It's worth noting that the PlayStation VR 2's inclusion of eye-tracking technology has been in the works for quite some time. Sony has actually announced that their future virtual reality headset will rely on eye tracking. He did not, however, say whose subcontractor he would choose to put this up. Tobii is, of course, one of the contenders.
The important thing to remember is that Sony continues to choose vendors. This means that the PSVR2 is still a long way off. Nothing unexpected at the bottom; the company has previously said that the headgear required "a lot of work" before it could be considered for release. She also noted that the release date was not set in stone for 2022.
Sony also seems to want to give developers time to improve their games for the PSVR2 at this time. The first genuine game mentioned is Horizon Call of the Mountain, which is set in the same world as the saga's next sequel, Horizon Forbidden West, which will be released on February 18. We might also assume that component shortages have an influence on the headset's development schedule, and that this is one of the reasons for the ambiguity around its probable availability.