There are many gamers out there who prefer gaming alone. Sometimes this is a preference and other times it could be because your friends just aren’t available. If the latter is the case, Sony might have found a solution. The tech giant has a patent for a new PlayStation 5 robotic companion.
The robotic companion in question is meant to play alongside gamers and even react to the players own emotions in various ways.
The image that accompanies the patent shows a strange doll, which can only be described as a fluffy ball with eyes, sitting next to a person. The PlayStation 5 companion will have what is called “feeling deduction”, which will help it recognise the player’s emotions and react accordingly.
“The inventor focused on the possibility of utilising a robot as a joint viewing player who experiences sympathy with a user. For example, it is expected that the user’s affinity with the robot is increased and motivation for playing a game is enhanced by the robot viewing the gameplay next to the user and being pleased or sad together with the user.”
As things currently stand, this is a rather relevant patent as many gamers find themselves stuck in isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is important to note, as with all patents, this patent might never see the light of day. Many patents for the PlayStation 5’s DualSense controller were never used, although the haptic feedback triggers do form part of Sony’s new controller.
Some other patents that might form part of the PlayStation 5 range of peripherals is a new VR controller that incorporates finger tracking and that could form part of the rumoured PS VR2.
Who knows, maybe one day we might have a little creepy robotic doll watching us play and cheering us on when we start pawning those noobs in Call of Duty or Fortnite.