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Huawei may plan a foray into the VR space, starting by patenting its own controller

A schematic from Huawei's new patent. (Source: ITHome)
A schematic from Huawei's new patent. (Source: ITHome)
Huawei has reportedly patented an in-house controller for virtual reality (VR) applications such as gaming. It is depicted as having a fairly standard form-factor, and possibly as coming in blue or black, in its new CNIPA documentation. Therefore, the OEM might be about to unveil products for this market.

Huawei is a company that might be looking for new markets and spaces to break into, particularly as its smartphone business experiences an inexorable and inescapable decline, even in its native China. However, it does still have a place in the PC industry, which is just as well as its alleged new project is often an extension of that kind of tech.

According to a new Chinese intellectual property office (or CNIPA) patent dug up by ITHome (CN306513655S), it consists of a controller for a virtual reality (VR) platform. This device has a more conventional design (very like that of the Oculus Quest 2 accessory) as opposed to newer examples such as the new model for the PS5.

Therefore, it now looks like Huawei may want to start competing in this space soon, although the existence of the patent also does not guarantee a corresponding real-world VR controller  from the OEM in the near future. Then again, it does imply the potential for a headset (at least) to go along with it - presuming it does indeed launch soon.

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More schematics and renders from the "Huawei VR" patent. (Source: CNIPA via ITHome)
More schematics and renders from the "Huawei VR" patent. (Source: CNIPA via ITHome)
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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-05- 5 (Update: 2021-05- 5)