Neogaf user Panajev2001a found a newly published patent from Sony.  Technically titled as a User-Driven Three-Dimensional Interactive Gaming Environment, the new patent application from Sony sure has quite a few similarities to Microsoft’s Kinect.

 

Abstract
An invention is provided for affording a real-time three-dimensional interactive environment using a depth sensing device. The invention includes obtaining depth values indicating distances from one or more physical objects in a physical scene to a depth sensing device. The depth sensing device is configurable to be maintained at a particular depth range defined by a plane so that objects between the particular depth

range and the depth sensing device are processed by the depth sensing device, wherein the particular depth range establishes active detection by the depth sensing device, as depth values of objects placed through the particular depth range and toward the depth sensing device are detected and depth values of objects placed beyond the particular depth range are not detected. The objects placed through the particular depth range are rendered and displayed in a virtual scene based on geometric characteristics of the object itself.

 

The patent was submitted by Richard Marks, the main developer behind the PlayStation Move peripheral, back in October 2011.  It’s not surprising really.  The Kinect has been greatly outselling the Move.  It makes sense for Sony to try out a controller less interface.  This could be a hint of some tech that will be in the PS4.  Sony has no plan to release a PS4 anytime soon but we may hear more about this at E3 this year.

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