Sony Files Patents For Game “replay” from “trigger points” for Streaming

Sony has recently filed parents for certain gameplay features that seem to allow players to replay a game’s story while streaming.

By DShelley, Posted 15 Nov 2023

There truly is nothing quite like playing a game for the first time and sometimes you wish you could replay a certain spot over and over. Well, there is good news as Sony has started patenting some interesting new gameplay features that promise to allow players to replay a game from specific checkpoints and allow them to experience a game's story once again while they are streaming.

This information was shared in a document titled “Content Streaming With Gameplay Launch”. In the document, it reveals that the patent for the new technology was first filed on 11 July 2023, with the document being published publicly on 2 November 2023 via World Intellectual Property Organization, or WIPO for short. The document goes into detail about a game which contains numerous “trigger points of media content”, it then goes on to say that at these specific points, players will be able to restart and experience those certain points again. There is a catch, these specific points need to be provided “by the platform, publisher or third-party publisher”. These points could mean the start of a quest, boss battle or whenever a player levels up.

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The document then goes into much further detail stating that every trigger would have its own designated “set of game data” that would be “based on user gameplay data” or would be dictated by the game's platform or publisher. Now, depending on where the player is, they would be able to select what trigger point they would like to replay the game from.

Sony states that this new “replay” system would allow players to have a completely “unique user experience for consumption of media content and interactive gameplay” and thanks to its unique patent, players will “selectively play portions” of the game while still being able to enjoy its whole story. Sony says that the biggest inspiration for this feature was “movie cuts” of some games. This feature will allow players to once again experience their favorite parts of their game and not have to sit through the entire game to experience it.

While this definitely isn't the first patent that Sony has filed for the PlayStation system, it is certainly the most interesting as it gives us a chance to replay story moments from games suh as God of War Ragnarok. However, this most recent patent that builds off of the previous patents that the company has filed for, specifically one's filed on 11 November 2019 and 31 December 2021, all of which were filed under the same name. As exciting as this news is, only time will tell how well these new systems will be implemented.

Daman Shelley (@UndeadandTired)
Editor, NoobFeed

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Platform(s): PS4, PS3, Vita
Publisher(s): SONY
Developer(s): Sony Interactive Entertainment
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Release Date: 2020

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