Motion sensing controls are neat and
all, but what about a controller or handheld that could sense your
mood and translate your fears, stresses, and joy into a game in real
time ? No, we're not talking about Nintendo's long-delayed Vitality Sensor (that's still a thing, right?), we're talking about a patent
filed by Sony for a biometric sensor that may or may not be coming to
a PS Move wand, PS Vita, or DualShock controller near you.
The patent, unearthed by Sileconera,
shows PlayStation brand controllers and a PS Vita-like handheld outfitted with special surfaces designed
to collect biometric data. According to the documents, the sensor
would pick up three main mood identifiers including the player's
heartbeat, muscle movements, and the sweatiness of their hands.
Aside from making PlayStation games
virtually unplayable on first dates, Sony says the biometric feedback
could be used in a number of innovate ways. They include using one's
stress level to determine in-game abilities, adapting facial
animations depending on one's state of mind, scaling the
effectiveness of weapons based on one's fear, or using a player's
muscle reflexes to “withstand an attack or charge up a shield.”
Judging by the mock-ups below, the bio
sensors would come built in to existing Sony devices. That is, of
course, if they existed. Like most video gaming patents, this could
simply represent an innovative idea Sony deemed worthy enough to
earmark. Are you interested in seeing biometric video game feedback
become a reality?