New patents convey new concepts and Sony’s newest invention will permit you to rewatch your outdated playthroughs with the power to leap into the sport at any second.
As reported by Insider Gaming on Nov. 12, the World Mental Property Group printed Sony’s patent utility for a “Content material streaming with gameplay launch” system on Nov. 2.
The concept is an interactive content material streaming for video games the place you have got chapters and subchapters you possibly can rewatch and replay. The system can have “set off factors,” which will be checkpoints, bosses, endings, or a variety of different issues that can create a second it is possible for you to to play by. The set off factors could also be predetermined by the sport or created by you thru means like a save level.
The sport will even hold the sport information and character info (like stats or gadgets) for the expertise to be the identical as you keep in mind when taking part in it for the primary time.
It’s like a media participant however for video games: you have got a timeline of the gameplay with varied set off factors. You possibly can then choose a set off level and play the sport from it. The set off level just isn’t infinite and doesn’t work like a save. As an alternative, it’s a set second you possibly can play by after which it ends.
It was additionally famous that in some circumstances, gameplay and lower scenes could also be mixed to create “a ‘film’ model of the interactive title.” A bit of the doc stated gamers will have the ability to seamlessly swap between streaming and gameplay, creating a novel person expertise.
Whereas I initially thought this might be an improve to cloud gaming, the patent talked about the content material will be saved domestically and replayed when “the person gadget is on-line or offline and/or when the platform server is on-line or offline.”
To make this work, there’s a devoted API, which possible means solely particular video games will permit you to use this content material streaming characteristic. Whether or not already printed video games will have the ability to reap the benefits of it’s unclear.
Curiously, the characteristic doesn’t require you to completely full the sport. You possibly can “expertise an interesting storyline of an interactive title with out having to play by your entire interactive title,” and the sport will possible alter in-game development accordingly.
Because it usually is with patents, many particulars are nonetheless unknown. Sony may be doing this simply to say the invention earlier than another person does. As famous by Insider Gaming, nonetheless, this patent hyperlinks to associated paperwork from 2019 and 2021, that means this concept has been a precedence for Sony.