PlayStation have patented a new way of allowing various objects to function as game controllers, using a banana as an example.

Perhaps it’s good news for fans of the Ape Escape series, or maybe it was just the silliest thing that they could think of to use to demonstrate the concept.

With controllers becoming insanely technical – they’ve come a long way from a simple D-pad and one or two buttons arrangement – this appears to be an attempt at going back to basics.

The patent application includes the following: “It would be desirable if a user could use an inexpensive, simple and non-electronic device as a video game peripheral. The present disclosure seeks to address or at least alleviate some of the above-identified problems.” It continues that the idea would apply to any “non-luminous passive object being held by a user.”

Of course oodles of patents are lodged without ever leading anywhere, so the likelihood of us using a piece of fruit to control our games coming to fruition (sorry) in future isn’t necessarily that great. But it sure is a fun idea.

PlayStation at JB Hi-Fi (yes, we have no bananas…)