Nintendo is Planning New Switch Console and Sony Wants to Turn a Banana into a PS Controller
Gaming giants Sony and Nintendo made some exciting announcements recently.
According to Deccan Herald, Nintendo Co. plans to unveil a model of its Switch gaming console equipped with a bigger Samsung OLED display this year, hoping the larger touchscreen can prop up demand in time for the holidays, people familiar with the plan said.
Samsung Display Co. will start mass production of 7-inch, 720p-resolution OLED panels as early as June with an initial monthly target of just under a million units, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing internal matters. The displays are slated for shipment to assemblers around July, the people said. Representatives for Nintendo and Samsung Display declined to comment.
Meanwhile, Sony has filed a patent application that details a method of turning a banana into a PlayStation controller. According to The Indian Express, the patent describes how this new technology allows people to use a banana or any object for that matter as a game controller. The filing, first spotted by GamesIndustry.biz, was submitted last summer.
The patent is essentially a method that turns a “non-luminous passive object being held by a user” into a controller, superimposing virtual buttons on top of it, with a banana being described as the example. A camera could detect the objects so they could be used as controllers, or a camera could “detect a user’s finger in the obtained images” to coincide “with the location of the virtual button”. The idea is to use any physical object, it could a coffee mug or an orange, as a video game controller.
On the surface, such a patent application may seem bizarre, but Sony is trying to solve a problem with this technique. As the designers note in the application, existing controllers can be a “barrier to entry” because of “technical complexity”.
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