New PS5 Patent Suggests DualShock 5 Can Monitor Sweat, Heart Rate
It looks like yet another PS5 patent has surfaced, though unlike the majority of its predecessors, it focuses less on improving the console as a whole and more on keeping an eye on the player playing it. This patent in question is for the DualShock 5, and it suggests that the new controller will be able to monitor a player’s sweat secretion levels and heart rate.
News of the PS5 patent comes by way of Respawn First, which reported that the patent in question refers to the controller’s use of “biofeedback information to select between one or more options presented in a piece of content without the user having to provide further input,” specifically mentioning electrodermic activity as the means with which to measure the player’s response.
As shown above, it looks like the handles of the DualShock 5 will carry the means to measure the player’s heart rate and sweat levels, and as such it will likely work hand in hand, so to speak, with the controller’s haptic feedback features. “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 the patent description. “This has become of particular interest with the increasing availability of head-mounted displays.” This statement also suggests that the next model of PSVR, which is expected to launch at some point after the arrival of the PS5, will somehow integrate into the features mentioned in this patent.
It’ll be interesting to see what developers can do with heart rate and sweat secretion level monitoring. If anything, Hideo Kojima will likely want to build an entire game around the idea.
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