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Sony Files Patent For In-VR Esports Tournament Spectator System

April 11, 2019 / DAVID HEANEY

Own a PSVR? One day you might be able to spectate esports leagues from inside virtual reality.Sony recently filed a patent application titled “Spectator View Into An Interactive Gaming World Showcased In A Live Event Held In A Real-World Venue”. The patent describes using an array of cameras to make the VR user feel as if they’re attending the tournament. The cameras and microphones would be embedded in the seats themselves. A proximity sensor in the seats could tell whether real people are sitting in the seats, so as to not use those for broadcast.The patent also describes letting the VR user see inside the game being played. Imagine toggling between being in the audience and being in the game. It additionally envisions hybrid modes where elements of the game appear in a virtual augmented reality view around the arena. Esports is a huge industry with the largest matches being watched by tens of millions of viewers. The ability to virtually sit in the audience could g...