Sony Negotiating with Tobii for PSVR2 Eye Tracking Technology

Published: February 7, 2022 11:05 AM /


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Tobii has announced that they are currently negotiating with Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) over SIE's VR headset, the PlayStation VR2. Interestingly, the company has nothing to say over the financial impact of the potential deal. So, why did they announce this to begin with? Well, they were forced to as they were "obliged to make (the potential deal) public pursuant the EU Market Abuse Registration." 

For those who don't know, the EU Market Abuse Registration-better known as MAR-is something that tries to increase transparency and stop market abuse as much as possible. It targets insider dealing, unlawful disclosure of inside information, and market manipulation. It first came into effect on July 3, 2016, and replaced the Market Abuse Directive (MAD) that was previously launched in 2003.

Up until now, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Sony's PSVR 2 is imminent. After all, it was announced (along with the controller a few months later) about a year ago, and a month ago a VR Horizon title was announced at CES 2022. All of those announcements and there's no eye-tracking for the PSVR2 yet? I guess the technology isn't as big of a deal to implement as it sounds, because to announce that SIE is working on a major feature a year after its announcement is slightly worrying. We'll have to see how it all turns out, because right now all we have is this forced announcement where Tobii is like, "yep, this is probably going to be a thing," which is cool, I guess.

For more information on the PSVR2 and VR in general, be sure to stay tuned to TechRaptor. 

What do you think of this news? Have you ever heard of Tobii before today? Are you interested in getting the PSVR? If not, are you interested in VR at all? Let us know in the comments!

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