Sony's CES 3D visor concept getting virtual reality gaming overhaul?

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Sony’s person 3D visor headset, complete with virtual surround sound earpieces, was one of our favourite finds at this year’s CES conference. Many people thought it had a touch of cult 90’s tech flick The Lawnmower Man about it, but little did they know how close that observation would be to Sony’s actual plans for the concept piece!

In an interview with Develop Sony’s Mick Hockling revealed the company’s plans to test virtual reality gaming with new versions of the 3D headset.

“We’re working with a couple of games at Sony that are experimenting with virtual reality type experiences,” said Hocking.

“At the moment it’s just a head-mounted display; the head isn’t being tracked – but that’s something we’re doing R&D on. I have to say, what we’ve done in the R&D projects has just been fantastic.”

As documented in The Lawnmower Man, virtual reality’s hey-day was in the early 1990s, but was widely considered a bit rubbish. Could Sony’s headset mark a turning point for the tech? Hocking believes so:

“Yeah it could be, it certainly seems possible, and these head-mounted displays incorporate 3D tech. It’s very, very cool.

“And obviously it’s a fantastic way to experience 3D because both images are being directly fed into each eye.”

Click the video above for our first hands-on test with Sony’s visor.

Gerald Lynch