Is This PS5 Controller Feature Revolutionary – Or Just Plain Creepy?

A patented PS5 controller feature is raising eyebrows. Is it a game-changer, a pointless gimmick, or just plain creepy?
playstation 5 (PS5) dualsense controller creepy
Alongside cutting-edge haptic feedback and resistive triggers, a patent filing suggests the DualSense could identify you just by the way you are holding the controller. | Source: Aldeca Productions/Shutterstock.com
  • A Sony patent potentially sheds light on an as-yet-unannounced feature of Sony’s PlayStation 5 (PS5) controller.
  • It appears the DualSense may be able to tell who is playing just by the way they are holding the controller.
  • Is this feature revolutionary, pointless, or just plain creepy?

A PlayStation 5 (PS5) patent uncovered by SegmentNext teases a new feature that may one day make its way into the console’s DualSense controllers.

Alongside the controller’s cutting-edge haptic feedback and resistive triggers, the patent filing previews a new way to log in to your PlayStation account. The DualSense could identify you just by the way you are holding the controller.

Frankly, I can’t decide if it’s a game-changing technology, a gimmick, or a disturbing invasion of privacy. And I’m not the only one.

PS5 Fans Find New Controller Patent a Bit Disturbing

The idea that your video game console can identify you by touch alone is causing quite a stir on Twitter. Just look at a few of the replies to IGN’s brief write-up on the patent:

PS5 DualSense - Creepy Reactions
Many gamers don’t seem too enthusiastic about their video game controller being able to identify them by touch. | Source: Twitter

Some players were less creeped out by the technology than how much it would cost to repair.

That raises another issue. The constant layering on of new features is starting to make the PS5 controller look gimmicky. While haptics and resistive triggers arguably improve the gameplay experience, that’s not necessarily true here.

There Might Be Nothing to Worry About

PS5
This DualSense feature might be less creepy than it sounds. | Source: CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP

And while the feature certainly sounds creepy, we might not have much to worry about.

Even if, as some critics suggest, Sony uses these controller sensors to collect data on PS5 players, what data are they going to collect? Personally, I’m not too concerned about Sony keeping records on how sweaty my palms are.

I’m more partial to hand-wringing about how this technology could affect the price of DualSense controllers – and the cost of repairs. Sony still hasn’t revealed the price of the PS5 console or its accessories. Every new feature increases the risk that hardware costs will blow past what we’re expecting.

Let’s not get too ahead of ourselves, though. Don’t forget that many patents never make it into production.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of CCN.com.

Josiah Wilmoth edited this article for CCN.com. If you see a breach of our Code of Ethics or find a factual, spelling, or grammar error, please contact us.

Comments

* All comments must be approved by staff before appearing on CCN.com. We do not allow bad language, hate speech, nor verbal attacks on staff or other commentators. Some comments may be edited for clarification or if they are in breach of our comment policy. If you wish to delete your comment or data, please contact us.

Subscribe
Notify of
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Most Commented

More from this author: