New PlayStation patent could be bad news for PS5 gamers
A new patent from Sony and PlayStation, which could be for the PS5, has surfaced online and is worrying some PlayStation fans. Sony is constantly filing patents, including game patents. Some of these patents evolve into actual technology and products, but many of them never go beyond the concept. Therefore, Sony patents should always be taken with care and not given any attention. Every once in a while, however, a particularly interesting one surfaces and goes around. Today we have an example of the latter.
The new patent is titled “Spectators vote to bench players in a video game.” And the technology is exactly what the vehicle patent title is. With the rise of streaming, whether it’s on Twitch or YouTube, Sony is looking at a technology that harnesses that experience and makes it better for the viewer. To this end, he wants to allow viewers to be able to vote to expel players for “bad behavior, lack of sportsmanship, [and] below normal performance. “
“One method of displaying a video game to spectators includes receiving votes from spectators to remove a player from a video game,” the official patent summary reads. The method also includes determining whether the number of votes received to remove the player from the video game reaches a threshold level required to trigger the removal of the player from the video game. If the number of votes received to remove the player from the video game reaches the threshold level required to trigger the removal of the player from the video game, the method includes generating a command configured to cause the player to be removed from the video game. The method may also include animating the removal of the player and providing visual cues to other players or spectators as to why the player was removed from the video game. “
In short, the patent would introduce some type of system that would allow viewers to vote on removing players not only from the round or match, but from the game entirely. It’s hard to imagine how this would actually work. What is easy to imagine is how it would be handled and exploited.
What makes the patent even stranger is that it suggests that this voting system would not be free. Rather, it would charge players for this action, presumably with some type of real world currency.
As you would expect, there are concerns about various parts of this patent already, but as noted above, there is no reason to sound the alarm bells. It’s a patent, and there’s a good chance you’ll never see it.
At the time of publication, Sony has not commented on this patent or the speculation it has created. Typically, it doesn’t comment on patents so we don’t expect this to change, but if it does, we’ll make sure to update the story accordingly.
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