Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc. has patented a VR device that has a secondary mode that could be used for a see through display. There is an opaque mode and a transparent mode for the headset, meaning that we can see a display behind the main one.

The patent reads:

Systems and method for providing a see-through screen in a head-mounted display (HMD) includes a display screen having a front side and a back side. The display screen is configured for rendering media content. First optics is provided adjacent to the front side of the display screen and configured to provide a focus for viewing the media content. A shutter screen is provided adjacent to the backside of the display screen and is switchable between an opaque mode and a transparent mode. Second optics is provided behind the shutter screen such that the shutter screen is between the display screen and the second optics. The second optics provides an adjustment to the focus to allow clear view through the first optics, the display screen, the shutter screen and the second optics, when the transparent mode is activated on the shutter screen.

The Senior Vice President of Sony Interactive Entertainment’s PlayStation R&D Dominic Mallison had spoken at a panel at Collision 2019 and he mentioned that PS VR 2 could have 120 degree FOV, gaze tracking, a higher higher resolution display, a wireless option, and more.

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