The PS4 controller once had biometric sensors

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Though I personally still prefer the Xbox One controller, the PlayStation 4’s input device is quite a wonderful thing; it’s slightly larger than the current Dualshock – but infinitely more comfortable to hold. It’s got some cool features, like the built-in motion sensing lightbar (when paired with a PlayStation eye) and a touchpad – but it could have had something else entirely.

According to Mark Cerny, the fellow who was in charge of designing the PlayStation 4, the controller could have included biometric sensors that would have known how tense or excited you were while playing, and adjusted the gameplay experience to match.

"We had a long research project where we looked at pretty much any idea we could think of," Cerny explained to Stuff. "Would it help to measure the galvanic response of the skin? We tried out a tremendous number of things – and then we went to the game teams to ask them what they thought they could use from the controller."

Of course, we already knew this. In the end though, the feature was pulled and the controller was tweaked to be very natural for playing First-person shooters.

"Historically we have heard many times that our controllers have not been ideal for first-person shooters, so we wanted to make sure we had something that would be much better for that genre," he continued.

"We tested the throw of the triggers, the position of the triggers, how much pressure it takes. We looked at the joysticks, the dead spot, we looked at convexity and concavity. [It] feels extraordinarily natural."

Some of you might recall that that sounds rather similar to Nintendo’s canned Vitality Sensor, continuing the Sony tradition of copying things from Nintendo.  It’s probably a good thing, because if Nintendo decides something’s too gimmicky, you probably don’t want it in your console.

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Author:Geoffrey Tim

I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

    Oh man …. people at work thought I was mad for laughing so loud at this header ….. so much win Geoff ….!!!

    but man, Biometric sensors + Amnesia = WIN!!!!!!!the more afraid you get, the more health you lose in the game and your insanity meter goes up…… if only … I am but a dreamer…living in a world of dreams

    • RinceWind

      Darksouls, the more stressed you get, the harder the game becomes 0-O

      • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

        Holy krap …… perfect….. well then I guess the game would be unbeatable , that game was at once the main stress inducer.

        • RinceWind

          Well, you’d have monks that would remain calm enough to finish it. Can you imagine the nightmare level that OVG would push the game to?! 0-O You’d have the actual bosses jumping from the screen and whacking him across his jaw! hahahahah

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            LOL would the controller even be able to handle his amount of stress? he is Rage personified lol man I’m glad there are no sensors

      • Concerned

        Luckily Xbox can still do this by measuring your heartbeat and pupil dilation! Can I get a WHOOP WHOOP?

        • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

          Well that is an awesome use of the Kinect, would love such a feature in a game

          • Concerned

            Sounds like developers are coming up with some excellent ways to use Kinect 2 from what I’ve read from Dead Rising 3, BF4, and Killer Instinct so far! Good times ahead!????

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            Kinect has tons of potential though, especially when it’s power has been leveled up. hope they do use it in unique ways

          • Concerned
    • Ultimo_Cleric N7

      Man I was drinking some water and almost spat it out… HEADER.WIN.

      • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

        Exactly!! I’m glad I found some more pervert friends :) !!

        • TiMsTeR1033

          I looked at the header and was like oh bio metric sensors 0_o what is that guy doing! what games would they make! I must say it would of been a great idea. dead rising would be great for this. your scared as hell and spanws 1000 zombies just behind you what once was a clear doorway. be like CRAP!!! then you say “fucking hell!! crap!!!” kinect alearts even more zombies! before you you know it your sitting in a little room using breathing techniques just so you dont get more zombies spawning! LMAO!

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            HAHA,breathing methods will be included in the manual and tutorial

          • TiMsTeR1033

            imagine how kak it will be wife says “dinners ready!” zombies just cmon in! by the hordes! hell you sneeze! more oh dear god what about people with barking dogs! they are just fucked no 2 ways about it.

        • Unavengedavo

          Biometric sensors + Rift + Wicked Paradise + Fundawear = Fun times

          • TiMsTeR1033

            I have no idea what your talking about

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            So the Fundawear vibrates harder as heartbeat increases? who needs companionship. Single player all the way :D

          • TiMsTeR1033

            this is disturbing and wrong on so many levels

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            Fundawear bro…….fundawear :)

          • TiMsTeR1033

            I will pretend I never heard fundawear nor will i google it to check

          • Unavengedavo

            Condom company Durex Australia is developing new computerized vibrating underwear called Funderwear, allowing long-distance couples to “touch” each other using their smartphones.

          • Unavengedavo

            Personally I would like to see that combined with the Kinect “depth perception” ;)

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            LOL …. gonna need some serious hip training

          • Unavengedavo
          • http://www.twitter.com/WobblyOnion Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

            Or! you could just have actual sex.

          • ToshZA

            This.

          • Unavengedavo
          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            Can’t do that by yourself unfortunately

          • TiMsTeR1033

            its ok… there there….

  • RinceWind

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH! That is the best header I have ever laid my eyes on! WIN!

  • Theo Steenekamp

    The places he had to go… just to get that legit Brazzers logo.

    • TiMsTeR1033

      atleast we know where geoff spends his free time lol

    • Weanerdog

      Hope he is doing the ion header today, seems like the research is done.

  • Trevor Davies

    This is something that makes me feel really uncomfortable about the new consoles. Why must the hardware monitor how I feel & behave? It’s creepy. It seems more like some twisted form of data mining than an awesome feature for the person playing the game.

  • Uberutang

    Playing games from my comfy couch it is then…. https://imageshack.us/a/img62/3205/castingcouch.jpg

    • http://www.twitter.com/WobblyOnion Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

      dirty bastard.

  • FoxOneZA – X-Therminator

    The Wii Vitality Sensor is DEAD.

  • Argentil

    By that logic, MS are copying Nintendo by using camera tech to monitor heartrate?

    I’m sure the feature wasn’t implemented to reduce the cost of the controller. We all know how expensive Dualshock 3′s are. Adding in more sensors would only inflate the price further. I have high hopes that the Dualshock 4 will be about the same price, and not more than the DS3. With the inclusion of the lightbar, they might see fit to remove the gyroscopic sensors? That and the innards will be cheaper nowadays. If I see R850+ DS4s, I will be so disappointed.

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