There have been many stories on how the controller of the PlayStation 5 could look like and a fan even made a concept design video Sony would be proud of. Sony has not made an official reveal of the DualShock 5 but a new patent has given a hint of what to expect.
The patent points out the DualShock 5 could use “biofeedback” to “modify user experience” with data collected from players during gameplay. Back in October 2019, Sony Interactive Entertainment Chief Jim Ryan did give an hint of what’s to be expected of the PS5 controller when he said, “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.”
According to the patent, the PS5 controller’s grips will be used to detect sweat and heart-rate. The PlayStation 5’s game engine will now use this data to “modify user experience”. An area this technology could be used is when playing horror games, the game developers really want you to get scared. If this isn’t happening, the PS5 could detect it through the heart-rate and make the game scarier.
Sony has already confirmed the PS5’s controller will come with adaptive triggers which will be incorporated into the L2 and R2 buttons. It will also come with haptic feedback which will make the game more immersive, an example is crashing into walls during racing games which will provide a different sensation.
While this patent has truly been filed by Sony, it doesn’t guarantee anything about the DualShock 5. Patents are filed for different reasons by inventions and businesses and only Sony can really confirm officially if this “biofeedback” tracker will be coming with the PlayStation 5’s controller.
The PS5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X are expected to be powerful consoles and only time will tell when the consoles are launched officially. In the coming months, Sony and Microsoft will be sharing more information about their next-generation consoles.