Sony Mocopi kit

Sony has unveiled its suite of wearable motion tools for its metaverse mobile apps

The latest gadget from Sony Group Corp. is a suite of wearable motion-tracking devices designed to draw users into the metaverse on their phones.

The new Mocopi system consists of six small balls that are worn around a user’s wrist, ankles, head, and hips, and are used to animate avatars within various metaverse apps on Sony’s Android phones or Apple Inc.’s. iPhones.

Priced at 49,500 yen (R6,100) and launched in Japan in January, the Mocopi Collection adds to the company’s projects in virtual and augmented reality.

Tokyo-based Sony has made a major push to expand its gaming empire beyond its traditional console gaming powerhouse with more peripherals for PC and mobile games.

The company also has a PlayStation VR headset and a future successor, both designed to develop an ecosystem of virtual reality experiences along the lines of what Mark Zuckerberg’s Meta Platforms Inc. envisioned. , which he subsequently renamed the company.

Metaverse and VR apps have failed to break through to mainstream audiences so far, only occupying a niche from the global gaming and peripheral market. Sony is betting that it can lead the sector with its PlayStation brand and software development talent.