While the whole world eagerly awaits the arrival of Sony’s Playstation 3 console I think it would be fair to say there has been a less than enthusiastic response to the proposed ‘Boomerang’ controller. Thankfully Sony has finally admitted it was rather silly.
Phil Harrison, the company’s president of the Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios Division, confirmed the news saying a replacement design would now be shown off at E3 in May. He offered no suggestions as to what form this would take but something more conservative seems likely.
Predictably, Sony chose to briefly paraphrase Harrison’s comments and not quote him directly which means we’ve had to invent a wholly fictitious reconstruction of what we believe was said:
“Yes, the Boomerang controller was stupid,” said Harrison rubbing his brow. “The world knew it and now we’ve finally accepted it. Clearly we were out of our minds to make something that had more practical use as a weapon than a gaming interface. Models produced up to now have been donated to needy Aborigines who inform us that the rubber buttons offer considerably more grip than they were getting from their wooden boomerangs.” (Applause) “To prevent further aberrations like this,” he concluded “the board has decided to reduce the quantity of hallucinogens we feed to the design team each morning.” (Standing applause)
In more good news for members of the ‘We Appreciate Sanity In This World’ society, Harrison also stated that PS3 gaming will be region free. Apart from saving Sony a whole bunch of hassle the move will enable software houses to announce world wide launch dates while the unified format lets the company screw down any security holes exposed from regional variations. Some readers may choose to align this second announcement with the pleasure/pain principle.