Valve boss considering adding heart-rate sensors into controllers
Valve co-founder Gabe Newell has revealed that prototypes of the company’s Steam Box system will possibly be sent out in a few months, according to an interview with the BBC.
Newell said, “We’re working with partners trying to nail down how fast we can make it [happen]. We’ll be giving out some prototypes to customers to gauge their reactions. I guess, in the next three to four months.”
However, Newell confessed there were some issues that still need to be addressed, saying, “There are noise issues and heat issues and being able to [deal with] that while still offering a powerful enough gaming experience is the challenge in building it.”
Back in December 2012, Newell finally confirmed that the Half-Life developer was working on its own hardware for the living room. Since then it was also revealed that the Steam Box would be Linux-based, a decision that two P2R writers recently debated in our new Split Screen column.
Newell concluded the BBC interview by talking about the sensors in the hardware’s controller, saying, “If you think of a game like Left 4 Dead – which was trying to put you into a sort of horror movie – if you don’t change the experience of what the player is actually feeling then it stops being a horror game.
“So you need to actually be able to directly measure how aroused the player is – what their heart rate is, thinks like that – in order to offer them a new experience each time they play.”
No release date or price has been given for the Steam Box or if it will be revealed at this year’s E3 event.
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