With the year now in full swing, it is only natural that yet another load of rumours regarding the next generation of consoles have begun to surface. The latest of these rumours seem to indicate that the PlayStation 5 might use some sort of advanced deep learning technology.
The PlayStation 5 rumour comes from YouTuber Skullzi, who took the effort to go through some of the patents that Sony has filed. One of these patents, filed in October 2018, could indicate that the PlayStation 5 will use deep learning in order to adapt and change the experience to suit that of the user. The technology will involve the console analysing the user’s playstyle, what they play, and even how they play. It will then use this information to change its UI to best reflect the user’s tastes and choices.
Generally, a video game and video game assistance are adapted to a player. For example, a narrative of the video game is personalized to an experience level of the player. Similarly, assistance in interacting with a particular context of the video game is also personalised. The personalisation learns from historical interactions of players with the video game and, optionally, other video games. In an example, a deep learning neural network is implemented to generate knowledge from the historical interactions. The personalisation is set according to the knowledge.
The console will even go as far as to change a game’s difficulty depending on your skill level and could even decide to forgo tutorials if it calculates that your skill levels are high enough. The whole idea behind this is to give each player a fully customised and individual experience.
Of course, we’ve seen this learning idea go wrong before, in films like Terminator. You know, where the fictional artificial neural network-based conscious group mind and artificial general intelligence system, Skynet, goes rogue and becomes self-aware.
On a serious note, however, patents don’t always end up being used in the final product and this could just such a case. So, it’s important to take this news with a grain of salt.
Some of the other patents that have been unearthed even indicate that the new console could even have backwards compatibility which is a feature PlayStation fans have been asking for.
Having said this, if Sony’s PlayStation 5 does indeed use some form of this technology, it could give it the advantage above its competitors. Could this be the beginning of the end as consoles become smarter and smarter?