It seems like most of what we know about the PlayStation 5 is being put together from what we discover via patents.
This week, yet another new patent has surfaced online and suggests the PS5's new pad – tentatively called DualShock 5 by fans eager to hear more about the controller – may have tech built-in that can check to see how stressful you find a gaming experience.
The latest patent discovered includes a reference to some unusual biofeedback that monitors your heart rate and can then alter what's happening on-screen or in-game (changing the 'user experience') to reflect the data it receives (hat-tip: Respawn First).
The patent doesn't go into more detail than that, but it adds fuel to the fire that we'll be seeing Sony use some more left-field tech in the PS5.
This isn't the first time we've heard that the DualShock 5 might use biometric sensors, either.
An earlier patent suggests the pad may include biometric sensors, with past filings revealing "The controller may additionally or alternatively be designed to capture biometric readings using sensors in the remote to record data including, for example, skin moisture, heart rhythm, and muscle movement.”
Does that mean a horror game could time its scares to hit you when you're at your most vulnerable? We'll have to wait and see.
It's worth noting that Sony filing a patent doesn't necessarily mean the tech will be there on a retail unit – it could just be a research and development thing.
PS5 News and Leaks
Back in October last year, the folks over at Wired got a closer look at the console, and have more details about the specs of the newly-announced DualShock 5 (tentative name).
Even though the controller "doesn't have a name yet", there are some significant changes coming to the pad that'll be glued to your hands from next December onwards.
One of our goals with the next generation is to deepen the feeling of immersion when you play games, and we had the opportunity with our new controller to reimagine how the sense of touch can add to that immersion," notes Sony on its blog.
"To that end, there are two key innovations with the PlayStation 5’s new controller. First, we’re adopting haptic feedback to replace the “rumble” technology found in controllers since the 5th generation of consoles."
So say goodbye to that familiar rumble you've had in your hands for the past few generations – those clunky rotating weights are about to be replaced with something more advanced.
You can read more about the confirmed PlayStation 5 controller specs at the link.
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