PS5 controller will measure your heart rate and detect sweat suggests patent
A new patent discovery suggests the PS5 DualShock 5 may be checking to see how stressed you are while you play games.
According to Sony, and now Metro Redux developer 4A Games, the PlayStation 5 has a secret. A feature which hasn’t been announced yet and which could be even more important than next gen technology such as ray-tracing.
Nobody knows what it is, or even if Sony and 4A are hinting about the same thing, but the secret could be that the controller… detects your sweat?
A number of patents for what is presumably going to be called the DualShock 5 have appeared already, but they’ve all seemed to describe a controller that’s not that different from the current version, just with maybe new back buttons, no light bar, or new multiplayer features.
But the latest patent describes some unusual biofeedback features that monitor your heart rate and then act to ‘modify’ the ‘user experience’ as a result. Unfortunately, the patent is as vague as that sounds though and there are no examples given of how it might work.
It’s not hard to imagine some of the more obvious applications though, such as working out exactly how scared you are in a horror game or making a game easier or harder depending on how stressed you are.
What the patent does describe though is how the technology works, with everything going through sensors in the controller’s grip. The tech is also mentioned as working in conjunction with PlayStation VR and PlayStation Camera.
The concept isn’t as left field as it sounds, as various companies have been toying with the idea of biofeedback for years, especially Nintendo. They had a version of Tetris that monitors your heart rate back on the N64 and there was also the infamous Wii Vitality Sensor that never made it to market.
However, as with any patent, there’s no guarantee that Sony will actually use any of this in a consumer product.
There’s certainly no way of telling whether this is the secret they’re holding back, but it does show they’re willing to consider relatively outlandish features for the PlayStation 5 and its peripherals.
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