A patent filed in 2012 by Microsoft has been made public to show that the company’s idea for augmented reality glasses that are designed primarily for multiplayer gaming. Some very technical terms follow the break.
Microsoft is requesting a patent for “the system and related methods for inviting a potential player to participate in a multiplayer game via a user-mounted display device.”
“In one example, a potential player invitation program receives user voice data and determines that the user voice data is an invitation to participate in a multiplayer game,” the patent request continues. “The program receives eye-tracking information, depth information, facial recognition information, potential player head-mounted display device information, and/or potential player voice data. The program associates the invitation with the potential player using the eye-tracking information, the depth information, the facial recognition information, the potential player head-mounted display device information, and/or the potential player voice data.”
The player is then made a potential match, which can be accepted to enter a multiplayer game. This aims to reduce the time it takes to set up matches through a menu system.
This patent is very similar to the ‘Fortaleza’ glasses mentioned in a roadmap leaked last year. That stated a potential release of late 2014. Many of the projects rumoured in the roadmap have since been revealed by Microsoft, including new Kinect, Xbox One, and forthcoming entertainment services. So this could be coming soon.