The traditional gamepad has remained the preferred method of playing video games because it works. Almost nothing that has tried to dethrone the simple device has even come close. However, a patent application from Sony could change things by allowing you to use a simple household object as a controller. In Sony’s case, it seems Really I want you to use a banana. Don’t let anyone eat your controller before a big game.
In a presentation spotted by GamesIndustry.biz, Sony said that “it would be desirable for a user to be able to use an inexpensive, simple, non-electronic device as a video game peripheral.”
Enter the banana. Or, if you prefer, two bananas. Or an orange. Or basically anything else that doesn’t have lights.
Presumably you could use just about anything with this patent pending system, as you would be moving the “non-luminous” object based on the poses you are doing with it. An image also shows the X and Triangle buttons assigned to different parts of the shell. In addition to the banana, or two bananas, Sony mentions objects such as oranges, cups or pens.
If the banana were really a viable option, assuming the technology really gets launched, it wouldn’t be the first time someone has used the yellow fruit for video games. More than four years ago, the Twitch streamer Rudeism played as the smart ape Winston in Overwatch with a variety of bananas connected to his rig. Potassium is a good conductor of electricity, which makes it surprisingly viable.
We’ve seen people use weird things like video game controllers for years, including Dance Dance Revolution pads for games that are certainly not designed for them. However, a company that officially endorses it is another story.
Sony is no stranger to experimenting with game controllers. The adaptive triggers on the new DualSense are very unique, offering different levels of resistance depending on what you’re doing, and it has also used pressure-sensitive buttons for more control inputs before. We’re not sure if it works that well, but we really want to play all the banana games now.