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Sony Announces New VR Headset for PS5 With Controller That Borrows Tech from DualSense



Sony PlayStation VR. (Image Credit: Pexels)

Sony PlayStation VR. (Image Credit: Pexels)

Sony’s first PlayStation VR headset for PlayStation 4 debuted more than four years back, and requires a special camera adapter in order to run on the PlayStation 5.

Japanese electronics giant Sony has announced that it is working on a new VR headset for PlayStaion 5. Sony said that the development on the PS5 VR headset has already begun and it won’t be launching this year. Sony said that the next-generation VR system will enhance everything from resolution and field of view to tracking and input. It will also use a single cord to simplify setup and ease-of-use, while also enabling a high-fidelity visual experience. Sony will also launch a new VR controller with the PS5 VR headset.

“Players will feel an even greater sense of presence and become even more immersed in their game worlds once they put on the new headset,” Sony said in a blog post. The VR controller from Sony will incorporate some of the key features of the PlayStation 5’s DualSense controller, along with focus on great ergonomics. Sony said that there’s still a lot of development underway for the new VR system, and hence the PS5 VR headset won’t be launching in 2021. “But we wanted to provide this early update to our fans, as the development community has started to work on creating new worlds for you to explore in virtual reality,” Sony’s head of PlayStation platform and planning Hideaki Nishino said in the blog post.

Sony is also said to start issuing the developer kits for the PS5 VR headset soon, but it has not detailed the full specs or release date yet. The new hardware, from what can be inferred from Sony’s release, is designed to improve some of the limitations from the original PlayStation VR Headset. “We’re taking what we’ve learned since launching PS VR on PS4 to develop a next-gen VR system that enhances everything from resolution and field of view to tracking and input,” Sony said.

Sony’s first PlayStation VR headset for PlayStation 4 debuted more than four years back, and requires a special camera adapter in order to run on the PlayStation 5. Sony has said in the past that the VR accessory still has a long way to go, confirming its commitment to the VR headset.

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Govt Launches New Classification Ratings, Grievance Redressal Framework For OTT Platforms in India



The government of India has set a new “classification rating” to describe content and advise discretion for viewers of films and other entertainment sources including TV shows that are streamed on OTT platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+ Hotstar, and more. According to the new Information Technology (Guidelines for Intermediaries and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021, the Adult category will be suitable only for 18 year old’s and above. This comes during a time when OTT platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime have faced criticisms and complaints in India for allegedly showing “obscene content.”

The new rules, according to the government, establish a soft touch progressive institutional mechanism with a level playing field that features a Code of Ethics and a three-tier grievance redressal framework for news publishers and OTT platforms on digital mefia. The OTT platforms are supposed to self-classify the content into five categories – U (universal), U/A 7+, U/A 13+, U/A 16+, and A (adult). Platforms would also be required to implement parental locks for content classified as U/A 13+ or higher, and reliable age verification mechanisms for content classified as ‘A’. Publishers of news on digital media would be required to implement Norms of Journalistic Conduct of the Press Council of India and the Programme Code under the Cable Television Networks Regulation Act, thereby providing a level playing field between the offline (Print/ TV) and digital media.

There is also a three-level grievance redressal mechanism that has been established under the rules with two levels of self regulation. Level 1 being the publisher themselves, and level 2 being the Self Regulatory Body, and level 3 being the OVersight Mechanism that falls under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The rules provide an effective grievance redressal mechanism for receiving, processing, and time-bound disposal of public grievances related to the Code of Ethics. The self regulatory body would be headed by a retired judge of the Supreme Court of India or of a High Court, or by a person of eminence from the relevant field, and can issue advisories to the publisher.

The mechanism is based on the principles of minimum Government intervention; however platforms should develop a robust grievance redressal mechanism on their own.

According to the government, the institutional mechanism would encourage growth in the Champion Audio-Visual Services Sector, empower citizens to make informed choices about content, and get their grievances redressed in definite time frames, and protect children. it will also help fight fake news on digital media through a mechanism of accountability of the publishers.

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