Ever got stuck in a game? Yeah, we’ve all been there, and with games like Returnal that ups the difficulty a notch beoming more and more popular, more and more gamers might be needing help. It seems Sony is thinking about this already, as the company has filed a patet just for this!
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In the patent filing with the USPTO (United States Patent & Trademark Office), Sony is seeking to connect players to gaming “experts” for help in real-time while playing a game. Say you’re stuck in a level or can’t beat a boss, the expert will help you out.
CONNECTING A PLAYER TO EXPERT HELP IN REAL-TIME DURING GAME PLAY OF A GAMING APPLICATION
A method for gaming assistance. Information relating to game plays of player for a gaming application is received at a back-end server. A current game context of a first game play of a first player is determined from the information. Historical expert game contexts of expert game plays of experts that have played the gaming application are determined from the information. An assistance query related to the first game play is received. The current game context of the first player is compared to the historical expert game contexts to determine at least one expert having a corresponding historical expert game context that matches the first game context. A first expert is assigned to the first player for obtaining assistance. A communication session is generated between a device of the first expert and a device of the first player to enable the first expert to render assistance to the first player.
Note that just because a company files a patent, that doesn’t mean we’ll see it implemented or released, as companies usually file patents so that no one infringes on the idea behind it. That said, this could be useful, but given how everyone is connected to the internet these days, wouldn’t checking websites or YouTube guide videos out be more helpful? There is the allure of being able to talk to someone within the game app itself who can help you out, but I don’t see this thing being free, no? If so, would gamers actually pay for it?
Would you want to see this feature come to the PS5? Let us know your thoughts down in the comments below.
Thanks, Robert Serrano!