Is Microsoft building a headset to take on the Oculus Rift?

A sign that Microsoft won’t be sitting idly as fanboys drool over the Oculus Rift, the company has filed a patent for a multiplayer head-mounted gaming display that could incorporate eye-tracking, facial recognition, and voice interaction.

According to the filing, the headset might feature a transparent or partially transparent display and utilize a bevy of sensors to determine a player’s position. The eye-tracking system could use an inward-facing image sensor to determine where a player is looking. Meanwhile, an outward-facing sensor would detect movements in the field of view, such as gestures and movements, and employ a number of optics, including a depth camera, visible-light camera, infrared camera, and/or position-tracking camera. Motion sensors–including three accelerometers and three gyroscopes–could be used to derive the headset’s position and potentially detect neck, head, and body gestures.

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