Could a banana be your next PC controller? - Get2Gaming


Traditionally a mouse and keyboard is the best choice for gaming aspects such as shooting, although having a controller is a must-have for PC gaming. Many gaming controllers are over $100, which Sony are looking to change.

Sony are looking into users having a ‘non-luminous passive object’ as a controller in the future, which could include a banana. According to GamesIndustry, this could be the next great peripheral for playing games such as Dark Souls.

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The patent application from Sony highlights that many gamers usually own one controller, and that ‘it would be desirable if a user could use an inexpensive, simple and non-electronic device as a video game peripheral.’ The technology highlighted in the patent will use a camera to track pixel contours and colours of the object of choice. This also allows a lot of possibilities through the use of motion controllers.

There has also been talks of a ‘two-object controller’, which is demonstrated by two oranges. This technology would use the two oranges as an example to create a single steering wheel, which could also allow for dual-wielding bananas.

At this time it is unknown if Sony will continue with these plans. If Sony use this technology though, it may be years  before gamers can use a banana as their newest controller. The novelty of the technology is stand out and Sony hopes it will be an alternative choice to an expensive controller.

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