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We have received a statement from McDonald's Australia regarding the custom controller: "The image was provided to media in error and there is no commercial relationship between McDonald's Australia and Sony PlayStation. Sony PlayStation has not authorised the use of its controller in promotional materials related to the proposed Stream Week event and we apologise for any inconvenience caused. McDonald's Stream Week has been postponed and Sony PlayStation controllers will not be included in the giveaway."
As soon as Sony unveiled the PlayStation 5, players were thinking up the coolest customisations for the chunk of plastic, from retro colours to sophisticated all-black panels to ones designed as an homage to their favourite games. Today, I ask you: what about a McDonald's themed PlayStation 5?
You know, I can hear you retching from over here. Disgusting. Disgraceful. How dare I even suggest a corruption of the overstated majesty of the PlayStation 5 with a tribute to a fast food chain. I don't ask with respect. I don't offer friendship. I don't even think to call you "esteemed and cherished GAMINGbible reader." I come into your house on the day that Sony announces that the PlayStation 5 has sold over 10 million units, and is therefore the fastest selling console it's ever made, and I ask you to think about a McDonald's themed PlayStation 5.
Well, what I'm trying to do is to let you down easily. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of McDonald's, the Australian side of the fast food chain has created 50 custom DualSenses that honour the one and only staple order. On the left we have the packet of fries with a yellow D-pad, presumably to look like the chips scattered on the floor when you drunkenly stumble out of the restaurant at 3.00am after a grand night out. And on the right, there's the burger with two patties, a "hefty" helping of "salad" and cheese. Funnily enough, the shade of the cheese on the controller is eerily accurate to the shade of the cheese in the burger.
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Ok, ok. I'm not here to shame people who enjoy McDonald's. That's not the point. The point is that I must convince myself not to try and win one of these bad boys. Ultimately, they are only available to those living down under and they'll be divvied out during streams from Muselk, Jacko G, X2Twins, Cripsy, Kiki, Crayator and Aiden AK. However, the McDonald's PS5 controller is but a hop, skip, an expensive plane ticket and possible quarantine upon arrival away from me. Is it worth it?
No. Will it spark joy? Probably for about five minutes and then I'll be reconsidering every choice that's brought me to this point in my life. The only thing that will relinquish me from the hold that the McDonald's PS5 controller has over me is listening to the Fast Food Song by the iconic Fast Food Rockers. Let's eat to the beat and shake this obsession out of my system. If you do see me travelling to Sydney from Heathrow in the next few days though, that's none of your business.
Featured Image Credit: McDonald's Australia, Dennis Cortes via Unsplash
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