Sony is developing technology that allows gamers to use household items like bananas and cups as controllers.
Sony is developing a new technology that is likely to drive gamers crazy.
According to gamesindustry.biz, the game company behind PlayStation is developing technology that will turn household items like cups, glasses, and, yes, bananas into game controllers. The idea is for a virtual reality camera to take an image of the item in the player’s hand and track it using pixels, outlines, and / or colors. The buttons would appear on the object through the camera, and the player could use said element as a controller. Another option is that certain items could be preconfigured for specific games, so players will know which items they can use for which games.
“It would be desirable for a user to be able to use an inexpensive, simple and non-electronic device as a video game peripheral,” says the patent application. “This disclosure seeks to address or at least alleviate some of the problems identified above.”
The patent also has a section dedicated to the “Two-Object Controller,” indicating that the company is investigating dueling banana or cup controllers. Motion control capabilities are also being explored.
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