Sony has patented an original novelty for game consoles. The holographic 3D-display, which will project a three-dimensional image without the use of helmets, special glasses and other accessories, will adjust the viewing angle when moving the user’s head. In addition, even two players can take advantage of the technology at the same time.
A published patent describes a system including a light source and an array of movable micromirrors to reflect it. The left and right eyes of the user will see slightly different frames forming a three-dimensional picture. Special cameras and sensors will measure the distance from the player to the screen. The company also intends to include in the system the functions of gesture control, face recognition and blinking.
During the game, users will be able to move their heads – the image will move beyond the gaze of the player. You can use the display in 2D or combined mode, when one player sees a three-dimensional image, and the second – two-dimensional. The technology is potentially compatible with the Xbox One X and Nintendo Switch consoles, virtual reality glasses and augmented reality, and, in the future, with smartphones.
The company is not the first year working on the creation of holographic displays. 10 years ago, a Japanese manufacturer showed an early prototype of such a development at the Digital Content Expo 2009 in Tokyo.
The patent also describes the possibility of modularly connecting multiple displays for large gaming events. The estimated date of appearance on sale and the price of new items have not been announced.