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|1. (WO2017153768) VIRTUAL REALITY|
|Applicants:||SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT EUROPE LIMITED
A virtual reality apparatus comprises an image generator to generate images representing a virtual environment, for display to a user by a head mountable display to be worn by that user; the virtual environment including an avatar representation of the user positioned within the virtual environment so that the user's viewpoint of the virtual environment substantially corresponds to the viewpoint of the avatar corresponding to that user; and one or more user controls, the image generator being responsive to operation of the user controls by the user to configure the hands of the avatar representing that user; the image generator being configured to generate respective facial configurations of the avatar for display to other users viewing the virtual environment as a mapping of the configuration of the hands of the avatar, so that the hand configuration of the avatar corresponding to a user provide an indication, to that user, of the facial configuration of the avatar corresponding to that user.