Sony's cloud streaming patent may rival the Google Stadia on PS5

Sony might have simply dropped the first details on the PS5, however it appears the corporate has a number of hidden methods up its sleeve in relation to the way forward for PlayStation gaming.

According to a lately accepted United States Patent and Trademark Office patent (noticed Digital Trends) filed by Sony again in 2014, the corporate is engaged on a “system for combining recorded application state with application streaming interactive video output”. 

In different phrases, a cloud gaming service which may rival the Google Stadia and will probably launch with the PS5.

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How would Sony’s cloud gaming service work?

A diagram illustrating how the streaming service would work, included in Sony’s patent (Image credit score: Sony/ United States Patent and Trademark Office)

The patent particulars “apparatus for recording application state information over time while simultaneous recording application streaming interactive video output”. 

What it means, in laymen’s phrases, is that gamers may stream a sport by way of a internet hosting server. So when you’ve got a tool that connects to the web, be {that a} cellular system, console, or PC, you may hook up with that server and the sport you are eager to play will probably be streamed to your monitor or display, permitting can play utilizing your most well-liked enter system. Imagine Netflix for gaming. 

Rather than downloading a sport, it’s as a substitute streamed on to your system and you’ll play real-time, slicing the necessity to delete video games to make storage room in your system and lowering the {hardware} necessities – though you would not technically personal the title.

Sony additionally factors out that this cloud gaming service would profit sport builders because the service would stop piracy (because the video games exist solely on the server) and builders would be capable to design video games to particularly make the most of the service’s capabilities. 

But how would participant’s pay for this service? Sony particulars two specific fashions in its patent. The first would see Sony itself amassing a subscription charge from customers, then paying royalties to the builders. The second sees the builders themselves amassing a subscription charge from gamers, then paying Sony a charge for utilizing the internet hosting service. However, neither mannequin specified a value vary. 

We count on Sony would implement this cloud gaming service alongside the PlayStation 5, though the corporate hasn’t specified if that is so.

What does this imply for the Google Stadia?

Google Stadia (Image credit: Google)

Google Stadia (Image credit score: Google)

Sony’s cloud gaming service could possibly be up towards stiff competitors in relation to the Google Stadia. The upcoming Google Stadia guarantees nice gaming from Chrome tab to 4K, 60fps sport, in 5 seconds. No set up required. 

In addition, Google has promised that Google Stadia’s cloud computing energy is the equal of a console operating at 10.7 GPU terraflops, which is greater than the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X mixed – that means it could possibly be game-changer.

However, we at the moment do not know what the charges for the Stadia will probably be like or when it’ll truly launch. While Google’s servers arguably may deal with cloud gaming extra efficiently, there is no denying Sony’s prowess in relation to gaming.

And an eye-tracking VR headset?

Sony VR prescription glasses illustration as laid out in a recent patent (Image credit: Sony/United States Patent and Trademark Office)

Sony VR prescription glasses illustration as specified by a latest patent (Image credit score: Sony/United States Patent and Trademark Office)

A cloud gaming service is not the one attention-grabbing patent Sony has had accepted. According to a different recently published patent (noticed by Upload VR), Sony is engaged on “prescription glasses with eye gaze tracking and electro optical signaling to a HMD”. 

These Sony developed prescription glasses can be custom-designed for the wearer and gaze would be capable to be detected by the VR headset by way of an encoded sensor. In different phrases, glasses-wearers may use VR a lot simpler. We do not count on these glasses to return low cost, however the implementation of eye gaze software program does imply we will in all probability count on it to reach within the PSVR 2


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