According to a recently uncovered Sony patent, the upcoming PlayStation 5‘s controller could sense the player’s biometrics such as heart rate or even sweat and tailor gameplay accordingly.
The patent filed by Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe (first discovered by Respawn First) describes a “biofeedback sensor attachment for a controller” that features “one or more sensors” that gather types of biofeedback from players, such as heart rate and sweat secretion levels, where certain measurements could potentially indicate a player’s emotional state.
“There is a desire in computer gaming to provide an immersive and highly interactive experience for players, so as to enhance the enjoyment of the player,” says Sony in the patent description. The patent’s abstract suggests that the “biofeedback” could likely relay the player’s emotional state to the controller, and influence gameplay accordingly – although exactly how this would work hasn’t been detailed.
Leaked designs of the controllers reveal these sensors would be placed in such a way that they are always in contact with players’ hands, without disrupting controller usage.
Though no exact date has been confirmed, Sony’s PS5 is slated to release during holiday 2020. For more information on the upcoming console click here.