Sony to reveal head-mounted AR device at TGS, trailer emerges – report

Tuesday, 11th September 2012 10:27 GMT By Dave Cook

Sony has posted a stylish trailer for what appears to be an AR head-mounted device online. The accompanying text crawl makes reference to TGS 2012, suggesting a reveal is on the way.

Eagle-eyed GAF member onQ123 spotted the clip on an official Sony YouTube channel. Users then Google-translated the accompanying text crawls:

People, how far immersive?
It experiments explore the possibility of new entertainment
“Institute immersive pleasure HMZ” head mounted display
Has been developed for the open experiment, models with head tracking system / live camera
Tokyo Game Show head-mounted display “PROTOTYPE-SR” Limited 2012 Specifications
※ jointly developed with RIKEN team Fujii
New 360 degree immersive entertainment sensation
World of the music of the movie world flew in to the real world

Experiments conducted public 9/22, 23
(Deadline September 13, 2012) in recruiting an experience

You will witness the future of entertainment

The video follows a NY Times reporter’s account of Valve’s prototype AR goggles, proving that the company is indeed looking into wearable hardware. Would you like to see Sony enter the head-mounted race as well?



  1. xxJPRACERxx

    I want good VR. Don’t care for AR.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. xXNapsterManXx

    God dammit I hate this head gear stuff couldn’t they come up with anything better?

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Pytox

    will this work the vita? :p

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Telepathic.Geometry

    Seems like quite a few companies are getting their headgear plans up and running. Occulus Rift, Valve and now Sony? WTF?

    #4 2 years ago
  5. GwynbleiddiuM

    Just a question, what’s the differences between AR and VR functionality and feature-wise?

    #5 2 years ago
  6. roadkill

    What xxJPRACERxx said!

    @5 AR is augmented reality. What you see is the real world through glasses that show additional information about different points of interest. VR is virtual reality. What you see is a virtual world. Everything is computer graphics. You see this on monitors placed really close to your eyes. You can not see anything through these monitors. I hope I make some sense. I’m really bad at explaining stuff.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. The_Red

    So now there are two separate AR goggles and one VR goggle in development?

    #7 2 years ago
  8. xxJPRACERxx

    @5 Like roadkill said AR is Augmented Reality. It’s more like a HUD. It’s a projection of computer images superimpose over the real world. VR is Virtual Reality and it’s all computer generated worlds, you don’t see your actual, real surrounding.

    For gaming VR is where it’s at. AR is more for practical application than gaming.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. manamana

    *yawn* – still no head tracking. So its just a screen … VR needs head tracking.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. DrDamn

    How would it not have head tracking? AR is all about translating movement and augmenting based on that. It has to head track.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. GwynbleiddiuM

    @6 and 8, thanks guys.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. mojo

    4: Sony allready has headgear out since last year
    the hmz t1 and t2 HMDs

    #12 2 years ago
  13. ps3fanboy


    AR will function well with games like eyepet(ps3/psp) invizimals(psp) and reality fighter(psvita)…

    #13 2 years ago
  14. manamana

    @10 I thought it’s about HMZ-T2 which has no head tracking. But it’s about the Prototype SR, which has.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. xxJPRACERxx

    @13 Ok… But come come’on… I meant real games, not some sort of Tamagotchi shit!

    #15 2 years ago
  16. roadkill

    @9 As far as I know all present and future AR and VR devices are and will head track. That’s kind of the point. :)

    #16 2 years ago

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