We’ve heard lots of rumors about possible Xbox 720 and PlayStation 4 unveilings lately. But we haven’t heard much about what these consoles will actually be able to do. A new report seeks to change that.
According to Internet publication CVG, a “senior games studio” source says the PS4 controller could feature some very advanced technology.
The source claims Sony’s own research and development department is busily testing several different controller designs — and that one set of schematics includes an LCD touchscreen similar to the Wii U’s controller.
The source also says such a controller would include biometric sensors built into the grips. The sensors would allow the console to detect a player’s body temperature, heart rate and physical motion. There’s no doubt such technology could be used to add unique gameplay elements to next-generation titles.
The CVG “inside” report has been backed by other gaming publications. In fact, Eurogamer says it has learned Sony has been testing a controller featuring LCD and biometrics technology for six months. This suggests Sony is seriously considering bringing such technology to the PlayStation 4.
Sony hasn’t officially commented on these rumors, though we should know more about the PS4 this March. Early reports indicate Sony plans to unveil the console sometime that month.