This disclosure describes a game controller that can transition to suitable power states based on detection of whether it is being held by a user. Per techniques of this disclosure, the game controller includes touch sensors that can detect user touch and can transition to a suitable power mode based on the detected state. Upon detection that the user has let go of the game controller (both arms of the controller), the controller is automatically placed into low power mode, and is woken up upon detection of the controller being held. Optionally, an intermediate power state can be utilized such that the game controller is still connected to the game console but at reduced power consumption relative to a normal waking state.
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Goel, Shantanu, "Game Controller Power Optimization Based On Hold Detection", Technical Disclosure Commons, (November 05, 2020)