Sony Patent | Methods for rendering interactive content to a head mounted display

Patent: Methods for rendering interactive content to a head mounted display

Publication Number: 10173129

Publication Date: 2019-01-08

Applicants: Sony

Abstract

A method for executing a game presented on a screen of a head mounted display (HMD) is provided. Execution renders interactive scenes of the game on the screen. The method includes receiving data of the HMD worn by a user to identify an HMD spatial position. The method also includes receiving data of a controller held by the user to identify a controller spatial position. During game play, the method includes rendering a point of view into the interactive scenes of the game on the screen, where the point of view is a volume of space rendered in three-dimensions. The method includes adjusting the point of view as the HMD spatial position is detected to change. The controller can drive interactivity in the game and changes in position of the controller and the HMD are correlated to provide an immersive three-dimensional game play experience.

Background

The video game industry has seen many changes over the years. As computing power has expanded, developers of video games have likewise created game software that takes advantage of these increases in computing power. To this end, video game developers have been coding games that incorporate sophisticated operations and mathematics to produce a very realistic game experience. However, gaming using HMD devices still need much improvement.

Summary

Embodiments of the present invention provide methods and systems for rendering games on a head mounted display (HMD). In some embodiments, game play may be correlating or carried out with a controller used by a user. The methods define ways of tracking the HMD and the controller and providing immersive interactivity. The tracked HMD and controller enable correlated interactive play within three-dimensional spaces. It should be appreciated that the present invention can be implemented in numerous ways, such as a process, an apparatus, a system, a device or a method on a computer readable medium. Several inventive embodiments of the present invention are described below.

A method for executing a game presented on a screen of a head mounted display (HMD) is provided. Execution renders interactive scenes of the game on the screen. The method includes receiving data of the HMD worn by a user to identify an HMD spatial position. The method also includes receiving data of a controller held by the user to identify a controller spatial position. During game play, the method includes rendering a point of view into the interactive scenes of the game on the screen, where the point of view is a volume of space rendered in three-dimensions. The method includes adjusting the point of view as the HMD spatial position is detected to change. The controller can drive interactivity in the game and changes in position of the controller and the HMD are correlated to provide an immersive three-dimensional game play experience.

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