WTF?! Whereas sport controllers have change into extra superior over the many years, their primary type and performance have modified little. However a Sony patent describes one thing that is removed from typical: a controller that may change form and temperature primarily based on the sport you are taking part in.
The patent, first noticed by gaming web site Exputer, mentions a controller that features a sensor utilizing an elastically deformable “elastic member.” This may detect when gamers deform the controller by touching, urgent, twisting, pinching, squeezing, or rubbing it. The grips change form or hardness utilizing a magnetic fluid combined into the fabric of the elastic member.
“The form or hardness of the parts of the elastic members (grips) adjustments in response to a course of carried out by the knowledge processing equipment similar to a sport, which makes it attainable, for instance, to current the fabric of a digital object in a sport area to the consumer as a haptic sensation, current the temperature of the digital object as a heat/chilly sense, or the like,” states the patent.
The thought of a thermoelectric warmth pump in a controller sounds attention-grabbing. Think about your fingers getting colder as you stroll by means of the snow in God of Conflict, or heating up when your character takes fireplace injury in a sport. The patent additionally means that the temperature might change even additional the extra a consumer squeezes and deforms the controller.
Elsewhere, the patent describes a approach wherein elements or sections of a controller could possibly be torn off and caught again collectively once more. This might presumably require a sport particularly designed to benefit from such an uncommon function.
The pictures in Sony’s patent present that the fundamental form and format of the controller stay the identical; it is simply that this one can bend, twist, change form, warmth up, settle down, and be pulled aside/reattached. That may possible make it extra interesting to players who do not at all times embrace main redesigns; the Steam Controller, for instance, by no means turned as profitable as Valve anticipated.
The caveat right here, in fact, is that that is only a patent. Corporations file bizarre and weird designs like this on a regular basis, and most by no means find yourself changing into precise merchandise – they typically do it simply to forestall rivals from creating one thing comparable. Furthermore, it is possible that if this controller ever did attain the market, its value would make the PlayStation DualSense Edge appear like a cut price.