Valve is known for its innovations in both software and hardware, and Steam Deck seems to be no different. Now, thanks to a patent, we can see that the handheld console’s trackpad could enable unique functions within games.
The patent describes the trackpad as a “sensor-rich” component for “advanced control functionality”. Steam Deck’s trackpad is capable of “sensing an amount of force associated with pressure”. In other words, it could be used to detect a different set of inputs depending on how hard the player presses.
This could have various applications. For example, imagine having to pop a balloon: instead of simply pressing a button, you could press on the Steam Deck trackpad. This would be a more realistic and sensorially deeper experience. In addition, according to the patent, it is possible to use the trackpad in combination with normal buttons to create unique interactive gameplay scenes.
The trackpad sensors, according to the Steam Deck patent, can be made more or less sensitive depending on the specific game or gameplay situation, so as to customize the experience in a deeper way. Developers could, for example, maximize the level of pressure required to perform an action to make a game scene tenser.
As always, we are talking about a patent that proposes just a few ideas. It remains to be seen whether developers will actually introduce customized features into the Steam Deck version of their game.
Update 0.5.41591 has been released for V Rising
Stunlock Studios released a new update for V Rising today, May 30, 2022. This update is 0.5.41591. We can also see new features included in the game thanks to the patch notes:
- Added texture quality to graphics options, which can significantly reduce texture memory usage.
- Added FPS limit option to advanced graphics options.
- Low-quality ambiance changed to high-quality ambiance to keep the options menu consistent.
- Fixed an issue where anti-aliasing could not be set to anything other than TAA in the main menu.
- Stairs have been added to the Castle Floors tab in the Build menu to make it easier for players to find them.
- Fixed missing meshes on certain world objects.
- Fixed an issue that caused performance to drop when hitting Night Marshal Styx the Destroyer with certain abilities (such as Mirror Strike).
As usual, the V Rising update should install automatically when players are not in the game.
Sony confirms the development of TV series based on God of War, Horizon, and Gran Turismo
Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Tony Vinciquerra has officially confirmed the development of a series based on three of the iconic PlayStation game franchises – God of War, Horizon, and Gran Turismo.
The film rights to the God of War series have been acquired by Amazon Prime Video, while Netflix has acquired the rights to Horizon.
According to rumors, the plot of the cult God of War franchise for television will be adapted by the creators of the series “The Expanse” Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby. Details about the Horizon and Gran Turismo projects are not yet available.
PlayStation Productions is currently working on TV series based on The Last of Us, Twisted Metal, and Jak and Daxter games, as well as on the film Ghost of Tsushima from director John Wick.
The most successful PlayStation Productions project to date is the film based on the Uncharted series of games starring Tom Holland.
The analyst believes PlayStation VR2 will launch in Q1 2023 with 1.5 million units
Although Sony has not yet announced a release date for the PlayStation VR2, Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst at TF International Securities, believes that the device will be launched in the 1st quarter of 2023.
Kuo recently reviewed supply chains and suggests that mass production will begin in the second half of 2022 with shipments of around 1.5 million.
“Sony may launch PS VR2 in the first quarter of 2023, depending on the PS VR2 game development schedule.”
Sony recently announced that the new VR device will come with over 20 games from internal and third-party developers.
“Sony’s position and resources in the gaming industry can accelerate the development of AAA VR titles (like Horizon: Call of the Mountain), which will benefit the growth of VR.”
Kuo spoke about the suppliers of the device components. Six optical modules of four 720p IR cameras and two eye-tracking cameras are supplied by Genius. Among the rest, it is worth noting Goertek (assembly), SDC (OLED panel), and MediaTek (processor).
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