Slotwise is of the opinion that the hand of a gamer will evolve to have an extended index and middle finger whilst their ring finger will shrink almost to the size of a little finger.
They predicted that the use of controllers will stretch our muscles, especially at the elite level. With an emphasis on using the back triggers and a need to quickly switch buttons, the extended fingers that we will begin to grow will help towards comfortability and performance.
SlotsWise outlined their hypothesis based on the continuous growth in gaming’s popularity:
With the human body not originally meant for gaming in terms of how our hands are shaped for holding controllers, what would they look like in the future if they adapted for optimum gaming performance?
The scientists failed to give a time frame on this evolution, although when 11% of 18-25-year-olds play games for more than 20 hours a week, it could be something we start seeing in our kids and grandkids.
Simon Cornelius, managing director of Cornelius creative mentioned – Controllers, as they stand, are ergonomically designed, however the increased immersive experience of some games require more buttons to play.
An increase of buttons on the controllers means our fingers, specifically thumb, index, and middle are doing more work and must stretch further.
I would therefore expect an evolution of our hands to include a lengthening of those fingers with fast reaction times. The ring and little finger would recede and possibly become more claw-like to wrap around the controller.