Social Presence and Believable Virtual Characters

Social presence (or co-presence) is one of the most powerful experiences that VR enables. With current head/hand tracking solutions, a degree of social presence happens when multiple people come together in VR, and several new technologies can add to this. For virtual non-player characters, just a few simple behaviors can also provide a degree of social presence, leading to more believable experiences.


Richard Marks

Richard Marks is a Research Fellow at Sony Interactive Entertainment and heads the PlayStation Magic Lab within the Research & Development group. Magic Lab was founded by Marks to push the boundaries of play by exploring how technology can be used to create new entertainment experiences. Marks joined PlayStation in 1999 to investigate the use […]