A new patent from Sony hints at a summary system that could make keeping track of a game’s story and gameplay events easier for some players.
- Sony is developing a new summary system to help gamers keep track of story events and gameplay in narrative-based PlayStation games.
- The system will provide a pop-up window with key story beats and gameplay events, making it easier for forgetful or easily distracted players to follow along.
- This patent shows Sony’s commitment to making gaming more accessible, particularly for players with ADHD or poor memories who struggle to keep track of complex narratives.
According to a recently filed patent, Sony is working on a new summary system to help gamers keep track of everything that happens during a play session. The PlayStation parent company has filed several patents over the years, detailing interesting new features like the ability to replay particular story moments through “trigger points.” Another Sony patent mentions game difficulty that automatically adjusts to a player’s skill level so they don’t have to dive into a settings menu if they are struggling with a certain level or boss fight.
Many of these Sony patents are centered around making gaming more accessible to players, such as the adjustable PlayStation 5 Access Controller that launched back in December. This also includes making complicated in-game systems like inventory management easier for inexperienced players to use with the help of an AI coach or bundling online players together into different virtual “houses” based on their skill level. A game’s single-player storyline can be just as difficult for some players to keep track of, but Sony may be working on a system to alleviate this in such narrative-driven titles like God of War Ragnarok or Marvel’s Spider-Man 2.
Sony Patent Would Be A Game-Changer For PS5 Story Games
A new Sony patient could give players a feature many have been asking for, one that would be a game-changer for story-based PS5 titles.
Details of Sony’s Game Story Tracking System Patent
Earlier this week, a new patent was filed by Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC in America and Sony Interactive Entertainment INC in Japan detailing a system to help forgetful or easily distracted players keep track of things that happen in their favorite narrative-based PlayStation games. Said system would make a note of key story events and notifications, then relay the information back to the player in the form of an “In Case You Missed It” window. As noted by the patent, this could be especially helpful to gamers with ADHD or poor memories who might struggle to keep track of everything that takes place in a given title’s story campaign.
Many story-focused games have some kind of recap feature, but these usually require the player to dig into a menu. Last year’s Final Fantasy 16 included a feature called Active Time Lore, which lets the player pause any cutscene or gameplay scenario and pull up a web of all the characters and events related to that particular scene, allowing them to refresh themselves on the complex lore of Valisthea without having to devote their time to searching through a hefty datalog system.
The system described in Sony’s latest patent sounds somewhat similar to this, recapping the various story beats and gameplay events of narrative-heavy titles like Horizon Forbidden West in an accessible pop-up window that could make keeping track of everything easier for more forgetful gamers. As is the case with all patent filings, there is no guarantee that Sony’s summary system will ever see the light of day, but it is a promising prospect for players who struggle with following the rich storylines of their favorite PlayStation titles.
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