Long before Sony decided to venture into the world of videogame consoles, the company was known as a producer of audio equipment, such as the famous and ground-breaking Walkman. So far, though, its expertise with audio has not crossed over to the PlayStation VR, but that might be about to change with the reveal of a new trademark application.
A Trademark application filed with the United States Patent and Trademark application was filed by Sony for a device called Sonic Surf VR. The name indicates that the product has some manner of connection to virtual reality (VR), but the description says: “Loudspeakers; audio interfaces; telecommunications; computer servers; computer programs for editing sound.”
Most PlayStation VR users currently rely on external headphones or earbuds to provide immersive sound for their VR experiences, or use third-party devices such as the Mantis. The upcoming new version of the PlayStation VR is planned to have integrated ear buds for 3D audio, so at this stage it is unknown if the Sonic Surf VR is aimed at the new version of the PlayStation VR, the old version or is intended to be a separate product entirely, though it seems unlikely that two products with ‘VR’ in the name would be unrelated.
According to LetsGoDigital, the Trademark was filed on 2nd October, 2017, but trademark approvals can often take quite some time, so it is difficult to estimate when this product is likely to make it to market.
VRFocus will bring you further information on the Sonic Surf VR as it becomes available.