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Valve box console to measure player biometrics?

6th March 2013

In a recent interview with the BBC, Valve head honcho (and all round gaming guru) Gabe Newell talks about the development of their new Valve Box console, and mentions the possibility of a heart rate monitor built into the controller. He says, “you need to actually be able to directly measure how aroused the player is – what their heart rate is, things like that – in order to offer them a new experience each time they play.”

I got jumpy enough playing Left for Dead II as it is, so I’m not sure I need additional zombies jumping out at me if my heart rate drops during a quietish part of the game!

He also talks about the challenges of designing what is essentially a high end gaming PC based console to the living room successfully. Prototypes are due to be shipped to suppliers in the next few months!

Check out the full interview with Gabe on the BBC site.