Excitement always builds as we gear up for new Xbox console (or consoles) next holiday season. Now is the time we generally sit back and imagine what tricks Microsoft and the Xbox team might have in store for us. An Xbox VR Mat and Xbox Stylus never crossed my mind as I dreamed up this new machine.
Known Microsoft leaker WalkingCat shared a few interesting patent filings from Microsoft early this morning. The patent filings show off Microsoft’s ideas on an Xbox VR Mat and Xbox Stylus.
Xbox VR Mat:
Abstract: “A virtual reality experience is provided to one or more users by a computing system through the use of a special-purpose virtual reality mat. The computing system receives image data from an optical sensor imaging a physical environment. The mat includes one or more fiducial markers that are recognizable by the computing system. A presence of these fiducial markers is detected based on the image data. An activity region within the physical environment is defined based, at least in part, on the detected fiducial markers. The positioning of a physical subject is identified within the physical environment relative to the activity region. The virtual reality experience is selectively augmented based on the positioning of the physical subject identified relative to the activity region. ”
Abstract: “Examples are disclosed herein that relate to a six degreeof-freedom (DOF) input device. An example provides an input device comprising a body, a sensor system configured to sense motion of the input device with six DOF, a communication interface and a controller. The controller is configured to transmit output based on sensor data from the sensor system for use in controlling an application in a first mode in which each of the six-degrees-of-freedom is used as input, the application being controlled in the first mode in response to detecting a first condition, and transmit output based on sensor data from the sensor system for use in controlling the application in a second mode in which one or more of the six-degrees-of-freedom is not used as input, the application being controlled in the second mode in response to detecting a second condition. ”
No way to know if these are indeed future plans for the Xbox. The Xbox VR Mat and Xbox Stylus could already be long gone from the whiteboard. nonetheless, it is exciting to see just if and how Microsoft implements these new ideas.
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