Throughout the various developmental stages for the new redesigned controller for the PS4, the DualShock 4 went through a variety of design plans that did, and did not, make it into the final design of the controller.
One of these plans was the implementation of biofeedback sensors which could measure the amount of sweat that was produced by the user’s hand and calculate user stress levels from this measurement. According to Gizmode, Sony’s Mark Cerny said the company eventually disposed of these ideas.
We had a long research project where we looked at pretty much any idea we could think of. 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.
While these features do not make it into the final design for the PS4’s DualShock 4, it should be interesting to see if Sony tries to implement this kind of technology anytime in the near future.
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