Patent published on August 17, 2023

Meta Makes Mixed Reality Games More Realistic: Sneak Peek into Meta Quest 2's New Feature for Better Virtual Interaction

Technology enthusiasts, indulge your anticipation - a new patent by Meta Platforms Technologies may soon make your virtual gaming experiences even more lifelike. The patent, titled US20230260222A1, involves a sophisticated technology that makes mixed reality games seem more realistic than ever before.

We are all familiar with the thrill of virtual reality games, where you are immersed in a make-believe virtual world. With Meta's new patented technology, your interactions within these games may become notably more lifelike. At its most fundamental level, it allows a virtual object to 'understand' where it is positioned in the real world.

To simplify the concept, imagine this: you're playing a mixed reality game using Meta Quest 2, and your virtual avatar is about to sit on a real-world bench. With Meta's new technology, the avatar will 'understand' that it can and should sit on the bench, not below it, or float above it. This is possible because the tool can analyze large volumes of images and information to decide where a virtual object should be, based on its position in the real world.

So, why is this so significant? Old methods to make objects interact correctly in a mixed reality scene could not keep up with real-time applications, especially in fast-paced gaming scenarios. They were too slow, which often led to less-than-satisfactory user experiences. Meta’s new technology promises to overcome this hurdle by making occlusion processes lighter and quicker, thus enhancing the overall user experience.

Illustrations provided with the patent show various potential application scenarios and explanations of the technology, including how the new tool's learning process effectively handles occlusion operations.

Remember, however, as exhilarating as this all sounds, keep in mind that at this time, it is still just a patent. It's real-world application needs thorough testing, and its market emergence is uncertain. Nevertheless, if this technology were to become a reality, it just might revolutionize virtual gaming experiences, and we cannot wait to see what it brings to the table.

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