More PS5 controller features have been leaked by Sony
It looks like another patent has been submitted by Sony, hinting at even more features that could come to the PlayStation 5.
This new patent , which was applied for by PlayStation parent company Sony Interactive Entertainment, suggests that the next controller for the PS5 may come with some exciting new features we've never seen on a pad before.
Thanks to some sleuthing by RespawnFirst , we may have our first idea of just how different the DualShock 5 will be to the current controller PlayStation uses, the DualShock 4.
First up, there may be changes to how the Share function of the pad works.
Currently, the Share function simply shares videos or screenshots from the console and saves them to your console, or uploads them to the cloud.
The next pad may come with functionality that allows users to compile data on their shared files – “scene tagging” their content to provide more context about where it was recorded, what it includes and when it was shared.
“The associated metadata would 1) allow users to search among various uploaded user generated content and 2) search within portions of those use-generated content for particular sub-sections of interest,” the patent explains.
“Furthermore, the metadata associated with the user-generated content would allow viewers to experience the same events that were recorded.”
That doesn't sound too exciting on its own, but think about the implications that has for users: want to see how to get past an obstacle in a game? Want to see a great combo with the character you use in a fighting game?
Just pop that info into a search field on the PS5 homescreen and you'll be able to browse other users' captured footage. Google Stadia , eat your heart out.
The patent also suggests that you'll be able to upload your data to remotely compete with other users. Ever raced against a 'ghost' in a racing game? It's the same principle here.
Sony notes users will be able to “simulate a race against the ‘ghost’ and compare how the user would have done against the creator of the user generated content.”
It looks like Sony really wants to lean into the community for this next generation.
And that's not all.
The patent suggests the pad may also include biometric sensors (something we've seen hinted at in another patent , too).
But what could this be used for? Well, depending on how the player is reacting, there could be changes to the game you're playing – very futuristic!
“The controller may additionally or alternatively be designed to capture biometric readings using sensors in the remote to record data including, for example, skin moisture, heart rhythm, and muscle movement,” the latest patent reads.
Does that mean a horror game could time its scares to hit you when you're at your most vulnerable? We'll have to wait and see.
The PlayStation 5 is targeting a November 2020 release date.
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