Sony Interactive Entertainment has patented a PS VR-style headset that uses your phone in some capacity as well as touch censors on the outside of the unit. There will be a display on the inside per usual but the outside of the unit can house your phone for seemingly a touchpad-like feature. This might also be used for a secondary display, as the company has also recently patented a PS VR unit with a secondary mode for “see-through” capabilities.

Description of the patent:

A head-mounted display wearable on the head of a user includes: a display device disposed on an inner surface of the head-mounted display worn by the user on the head; a touch pad disposed on an outer surface of the head-mounted display worn by the user on the head, the touch pad being able to detect contact with or proximity of a body part of the user; and a display controlling unit acquiring data of an image generated on the basis of input information indicative of the touch pad detecting the contact with or the proximity of the body part of the user, the display controlling unit further causing a display device to display the acquired image data.

Source: USPTO

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