Sony is exploring innovative concepts in gaming with its recent patent filings. Among them is a new spherical controller that could potentially revolutionize VR gaming. This deformable, sphere-shaped controller allows players to trigger inputs by squeezing it, offering more precise hand-tracking for VR experiences like Horizon Call of the Mountain. Additionally, the patent suggests the possibility of using two sphere controllers connected to a “hollow shaft” to simulate actions like holding and firing a gun in-game.
This malleable controller concept aligns with Sony’s previous patent filings, such as a gamepad that can dynamically change temperatures based on the in-game environment or virtual objects being interacted with. Sony has also explored unconventional control methods, including a patent that allows players to use a banana as a substitute for a regular controller, and a controller with collapsible thumbsticks for enhanced comfort and portability.
It’s important to note that patent filings represent early-stage planning, and there’s no guarantee that these concepts will become actual products. However, if developed, this spherical controller could introduce a new level of immersion to VR gaming by allowing players to physically engage with the controller, mimicking actions in the virtual world.