Sony drives its new Honda car with a PS5 controller

by Danny Craig  · 
Sony drives its new Honda car with a PS5 controller
Sony Honda Mobility

Sony demonstrated a prototype of its new electric car developed in collaboration with Honda at CES 2024, driving it on stage using the PS5's DualSense controller.

The details:

  • Sony Honda Mobility, a joint venture between the two companies, took the stage at CES 2024 to showcase the features of its upcoming "AFEELA" electric car, which is set to be released next year. The vehicle is designed to provide a "premium entertainment experience," as evidenced by its multiple displays, which can be customized with Fortnite and Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse themes.

  • However, what stole the show was when company president and COO Izumi Kawanishi appeared on stage, armed with a DualSense controller, and seemed to drive the vehicle remotely. Following the demonstration, Kawanishi clarified that it was simply a technical demonstration to show off the potential of the car's systems.

  • As expected, some were impressed by the stunt, while others used it to mock the controller's reputation for developing stick drift issues quickly or having a short battery life. Overall, many are understandably relieved that this is not a feature of the production model.

  • Sony Honda also announced that it will collaborate with Polyphony Digital to bring the prototype car to Gran Turismo 7 later this year in an upcoming update, allowing fans to test drive the vehicle in the digital world before it is manufactured.

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