While the release of Returnal is the subject of much debate vis-à-vis the difficulty of the title, Sony has filed yet another patent intended to find solutions to help players in need. The concept would be to offer a real-time help service “à la Uber”, provided by so-called “expert” players.
Weeks go by and patent filings are definitely going on for Sony, who keeps thinking about new ideas for his PS5 and his future machines. And if there is anything that stands out from all of this, it is his willingness to help players who may be facing different types of difficulties during their gaming sessions. The latest patent, filed at the end of April, suggests that the manufacturer plans to introduce a real-time help system for players, and by players. The idea would be that for specific games, some players are defined as “experts” based on their skills and personal achievements. So they could give some advice to others who would encounter difficulties.
Concretely, it would function as an on-demand assistance service. Once registered, experts will be able to indicate their availability and, if necessary, be called by players via their console or the mobile application. The patent describes the process as something similar to what Uber offers : from a certain number of data from the gaming session of the player in need (quest, level, skills, etc.), the latter will be put in touch with an expert whose data are relatively similar so that he may be able to provide him with the best possible help. This could then be done in several different ways depending on individual preferences: by text or voice chat, by video and via various media (console, web or mobile).
To another extent, the patent also suggests the possibility for experts to prepare recorded videos that can be broadcast depending on the player’s request and the context in which he finds himself. This would be a way of continuing to help those who need it even if they are unavailable at the time. Otherwise, a spoiler system would be part of the game to prevent the experts from revealing more than necessary. Of course, Sony intends to reward gamers who take their personal time to help others and thus evokes the possibility for them of win exclusive bonuses such as items, quests, and even additional trophies.
When a game like Returnal has openly reignited the debate about making the game accessible for all when it comes to difficulty, so it’s interesting that the company is more than actively thinking about finding ways to not deprive anyone of certain experiences. Recently, patents relating to an automatic difficulty regulation system or even an AI capable of playing in place of the player have also been filed by Sony. Nevertheless, it is always good to clarify that this does not guarantee the arrival of such features in the future. And if not, their integration could well take years and years, so thatit is not even sure that they will see the light of day before the end of the PS5 generation.