Our controllers already vibrate, have six axises and can be swung around and thrown into our TVs, but what we are lacking is hot and cold sensations. Imagine yourself in an arctic level in a game and your controller gets cold. Or maybe it heats up while you travel a desert level. Temperature could really put you more in the game.
An experimental new video game controller was just revealed at this week’s SIGGRAPH conference that includes a pair of thermoelectric panels on each side of the controller. Those surfaces heat or cool rapidly in reaction to what’s happening in the game.
The temp swings less than 10 degrees in either direction in just five seconds. We love the idea.