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[Escapist] Rumor: Sony Developing Biometric Controllers

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Sony has apparently filed patent papers detailing its designs for controllers which can tell how stressed you're feeling and adjust your experience accordingly.

The patent papers, found by Siliconera, apparently show diagrams of DualShock 3 and Move controllers fitted with integrated biometrics readers which monitor sweat levels, heartrate and muscle tension. Interestingly, there's also a diagram of a handheld device (which bears more than a passing resemblance to the Vita) which is fitted with similar readers. The idea appears to be that these integrated readers gather second-by-second information on how stressed or excited you're feeling and adjust your gameplay experience to match your mood.

Here's a full list of the applications attached to the patent files:

* Weapons that change depending on how stressed you are. An increase in stress level could make a weapon more accurate or less steady, which will make it difficult to target an enemy. Sony specifically mentions a sniper situation where the weapon becomes more steady if you're relaxed.
* Tensing up your muscles to withstand an attack or charge up a shield.
* A video game character whose facial expressions, movements, posture, and even voice changes depending on your biometric data. For example, this character will sweat when a player is nervous.
* An adrenaline style boost which will let you run faster, jump higher, and punch harder when stressed.
* A health bar that depletes more rapidly if you have a high stress level.
* An attack button that changes a character's move depending if the player is stressed or relaxed.
* Background music and scenery that changes depending on your stress level. Matching music is one example, but Sony also proposes to change music to make a player more relaxed. Brightness of objects and the zoom level, representing a higher level of focus, are two ideas for scenery.
* A game that adapts difficulty levels depending on a players stress level.
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post #2 of 33
Thats pretty sick. Like i dont already have a hard enough time hitting people in COD!! Props to Sony if they pull this off.
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post #3 of 33
I've seen researchers talking about this for years. Unless someone comes up with proof that they invented something similar before, Sony will surely get those patents approved.
post #4 of 33
Well, Kojima would love this and as a Kojima fan I would eat this up.

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post #5 of 33
This will only end up making games easier :/
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post #6 of 33
Didn't Valve talk about doing this last year some time?
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It'll be interesting to see how much this taxes the battery life.
    
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'Mom, stop nagging!!! Oh ****, now see what you've done now I've got to play the flower minigame'
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Quote:
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'Mom, stop nagging!!! Oh ****, now see what you've done now I've got to play the flower minigame'


No more youtube rage quit videos
post #10 of 33
The concept sounds cool and all...but I don't think I want a game experience changing based on my mood.

Not that I'd every touch a controller anyway though...just picking one up and trying to work it would immediately put all my games into easy mode from that stress.
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