Sony Acquires Softkinetic to Further Virtual Reality Development

The race for virtual reality hardware has been going strong for years with the top three spots going to the PlayStation VR, the Microsoft Hololens, and of course the Oculus Rift. As things begin to heat up and release dates have been set for the various virtual reality headsets, Sony is making moves to gain the advantage in this neck to neck race. Sony has purchased the Belgian 3D Vision Technology Company, Softkinetic. The company has been servicing the entertainment industry with its technology since 2009 and specializes in ToF (time of flight) technology.

Softkinetic has been developing ToF technology in order to measure the distance to an object by bouncing light from it. This helps track movement, such as a player in front of a camera. Softkinetic also produces other hardware and software that can be used for motion tracking as well. Virtual reality hardware will of course require specialized and advanced motion tracking technology in order to be successful.

Softkinetic

Sony announced their acquisition of Softkinetic on their website earlier today and what they plan to use their technology for in regards to Sony’s virtual reality endeavors. “Sony will focus on combining Softkinetic’s ToF range image sensor technology expertise with its own technologies with the aim of developing the next generation of range image sensors and solutions, not only in the field of imaging, but for broader sensing-related applications as well.”

Playstation_Virtual_Reality

The PlayStation VR currently requires players to use the PlayStation Move Wands and the PlayStation Eye Camera for motion tracking purposes. The prediction is that Sony is hoping to use Softkinetic’s ToF technology to give players a hands free VR experience.  Sony’s virtual reality headset, the PlayStation VR, has a release date for early 2016. Are you excited for this new move by Sony? Let me know in the comments below!

Share this article:

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on tumblr
Tumblr
Share on email
Email
Share on whatsapp
WhatsApp

Recent Posts

Valorant Killjoy Cosplay & Fashion

NTWRK and Riot Games Partner with Milkman on Valorant Apparel

If you’re into sneakers or urban streetwear, you are probably aware of NTWRK, a live-streaming shopping network. If not, think of the Home Shopping Network, but for sneaker enthusiasts and …

CES

Mad Catz T.E.3 Fight Stick Overview | CES 2023

We saw a ton of gaming peripherals during CES 2023 but Mad Catz definitely stole the show. Their suite was packed to the brim with controllers, keyboards, mice, and other …

Gaming News

Not Just For Music | EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid Earbuds

There have been more and more companies that focus on gaming audio adding earbuds into their product lines. With the growing popularity of mobile and cloud gaming, gamers have wanted …

Gaming News

Brook Vivid Wireless Controller is Perfect for the Switch

If you’ve been on the search for the perfect controller for the Switch, your search should end here. The Brook Vivid wireless controller has all the features you could ever …

EPOS GSX 300 and H3 Headset Gaming News

EPOS GSX 300 & H3 Headset are a Perfect Combo

The EPOS H3 headset and the GSX 300 sound card are a match made in heaven.

Game Reviews

Dyschronia: Chronos Alternate Impressions

Have you ever wanted to live in a society devoid of violence and crime? Well Dyschronia: Cronos Alternate takes place in such a place. Astrum Close is a marine city …