Biometric Controllers and Handheld Coming to the PS3?

on November 2, 2011 7:15 PM

The past few years have shown two very interesting ways to get information before their official announcement: the ERSB and patents. The latter brings us something very interesting today.

A patent application filed by Sony shows us some new hardware they’re apparently prepping up. The first one seems to be a biometric PS3 controller (both Move and  Dualshock3 versions)

They can read three factors: galvanic skin, resistance, electrocardio data and electro-muscular data, which are respectively how moist your skin becomes, how fast your heartbeat is and muscle movements.

Sony also has a list of the possible uses, which could be very interesting.. The other surprising part of the patent is the handheld they appear to be designing.

  • 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

Look at the design document for the handheld. Looks kinda similar to something else eh? What do you think about those new controllers?

 /  Staff Writer
Isshak started gaming with the NES, and has owned almost every console since then. He was born in Togo, grew up in Benin, studied in the US and now goes to college in France! You don't get more international than that, and his weird cultural background is reflected in his favorite games, which range from Final Fantasy to Bit Trip Runner to Dead Space to Deus Ex!