New Sony innovation could allow gamers to turn a banana into a PlayStation controller. Yes, really

Ed Nightingale March 3, 2021
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PlayStation 5 banana controller

Could we see bananas as PlayStation 5 controllers?

In weird gaming news, a Sony patent could allow players to use bananas (among other household items) as a PlayStation 5 (PS5) controller.

The patent is aimed to promote cheaper alternatives to expensive game controllers, like Sony’s DualSense controller for the PlayStation 5.

Controllers like the DualSense are packed with technology, as are the likes of VR headsets, motion controllers, steering wheels and more, that can “enrich a player’s video game experience”. However “the technical complexity (and therefore cost) associated with such devices can often act as a barrier to entry in terms of players accessing such equipment”.

As such, “it would be desirable if a user could use an inexpensive, simple and non-electronic device as a video game peripheral.” Just like… a banana.

So how exactly does all this work?

In the patent, cameras are used to scan an object and track its movement, be it a single banana or dual-wielding bananas like guns. In theory, any object could be used as a PS5 controller. Button overlays could also be placed on the object to allow for virtual buttons.

PlayStation 5 banana controller
The banana controller from the patent.

Of course, not all patents actually become real products. It’s likely this is purely to illustrate the possibilities of technology.

Still, that’s another ‘odd use for a banana’ to add to the list.

Sony recently announced that a new next-gen VR headset is in the works for the PlayStation 5. It will feature a single cord setup and enhanced graphics compared with the current PS4 model, providing an accessible VR option for owners of their newest console. At least, if you can buy one.

They’ve also come under fire for controller drift in their DualSense controllers, with a class action lawsuit filed against them claiming Sony’s business practices are “fraudulent, deceptive, unlawful, and unfair.”

So if VR is too pricey and your controller experiences drift, you can simply plug a banana in to your PS5. Simple.

Related topics: gaming, playstation, PS5

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