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Oh God, Sony Reveals New Automotive That Can Be Pushed Through A PlayStation Controller


You realize what’s a spectacularly horrible thought? Having the ability to management an actual automobile with a PlayStation DualSense controller. Yup, that’s an actual factor now. Throughout Sony’s CES 2024 press convention, the Japanese tech big took one big leap into the preoccupied realms of “whether they could” by displaying off the flexibility to drive a automobile with a PS5 peripheral.

Sony and Honda have connected behind the storage and produced one thing known as the AFEELA, the hot-garbage title for a newfangled AV automobile that stops simply in need of remodeling right into a killer robotic. Its astonishing ultra-mega-widescreen sprint makes a Tesla’s insides appear to be an ‘80s Apple IIe, whereas the outside appears based mostly on if Knight Rider’s KITT have been a household saloon.

The website reads just like the projectile vomit of a thousand company executives, saying issues like (and I promise that is actual), “AFEELA powers unparalleled intelligence, remembering, speaking, defending, and provoking individuals.”

Simply in case this didn’t already sound just like the preamble in a dystopian sci-fi about vehicles that take over the world, terribly Sony and Honda are declaring that they’re “in collaboration with Microsoft” to license Azure OpenAI as a “conversational private agent,” for all these occasions you want your automobile to simply make shit up based mostly on issues it scraped off of Reddit.

That is, to simply hammer this all dwelling, a (prototype) automobile that boasts it has the flexibility to make use of Unreal Engine-driven AR on its huge sprint screens to make it appear to be there are precise colossal monsters stomping down the street in entrance of you as you drive. I’M NOT MAKING THAT UP.

The AFEELA's 'monster view', where an AR monster is projected on the road ahead.

Screenshot: Sony / Honda / Kotaku

Anyway, this automobile—which is certain to be the ultimate in subscription-locked features—apparently may also be managed by your DualSense controller, as a result of there was room for yet one more horrible thought. Honda’s president Izumi Kawanishi took to the stage at CES, and drove the automobile onto the stage utilizing the controller, though fortunately harassed that at this level it was solely a tech demo. Nonetheless, don’t let any fears be assuaged, as Sony added that its partnering with Polyphony Digital—the in-house builders who make the Gran Turismo video games—to “convey collectively digital and real-world experiences.”

Sure, I admit it, if somebody gave me the chance to take a seat excessive on some mountain, and remotely management an empty automobile on an enormous monitor through a PS5 controller in a race in opposition to my associates, I’d completely try this. I’d intentionally crash so a lot, however I’d be there. However pricey god, I shouldn’t be allowed to.