Sony patents tech to add new content to emulated PlayStation games

But will Gaikai take advantage of any of this technology?

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A freshly unearthed Sony patent has shown that the company is working on what appears to be a way to add new content to classic PlayStation games being emulated through the cloud.

The patent, filed in 2012 but released publicly yesterday through the United States Patent and Trademark Office, says that it will function as a framework that allows developers to introduce additional and modified content in a classic game--such as an iconic boss fight where players have less health--by creating snapshots of titles in an emulator.

Modified content could be introduced through this snapshot system, the patent explains.

"Finding new ways to play preexisting video games can increase the longevity of older games," reads the patent filing, describing its pitch for modified elements as mini-games. "In order to create mini-games without reverse engineering and recoding a game designer may rely on the use of triggers and snapshots to provide information needed for the mini-games without having to dig into the code of the legacy game.

In order to illustrate its point in the new patent, Sony also produced a series of images, including this awesome one where a stickman is fighting a ghost.

"The mini-games may be made by providing an emulator with game inputs that bring the emulated game to a certain point where the mini-game will begin. A snapshot may be generated according to aspects of the present disclosure and that point may be used as the used as the starting point in the future mini-game. Thereafter, triggers may be generated in order to provide new experiences for the game."

Sony's patent--the catchily-titled "Suspending State of Cloud-Based Legacy Applications"--would likely integrate with cloud-streaming service Gaikai. Sony is yet to reveal its full plans on how, or precisely when, it will incorporate Gaikai into the PlayStation 4, but has mentioned that it wants PS4 owners to be able to stream PS3 games onto their new console.

More information on the patent can be found in this thorough analysis by Rösti on NeoGAF.

Discussion

207 comments
deadpen
deadpen

I've already got one..... I just kept my 60 gig ps3 (plays ps 1, 2, and 3) and put my ps4 beside it so I can play anything PS....well not new content but I really don't think I want any on GTA 3, tekken, or hitman 2.

Stephen Carpenter
Stephen Carpenter

what they meant is they got one guy locked in a closet seeing what he can do

Ryan Hill
Ryan Hill

I want one but heard that they had a few defects?? Leaking coolant!!

Timothy Oleson
Timothy Oleson

Sony should be working on a way to make more PS4 are you kidding me.

Jak Gibberish
Jak Gibberish

Jacob, 1, cross platform is a good example of this because you both needed to log in through Steam in order to use it, so essentially Steam is helping it happen. 2, nah Steam Workshop not is very different than just a create a character in a game, it is beyond just that. It lets you totally take apart a game add so much to it not just via a simple in game mode. You then can go on to sell your creations and add so much more to the gaming community. You can pretty much create a DLC.

Semih Karaca
Semih Karaca

i just dont like that disc-reading noise man, especially at night, spoils the ambience.

Jennifer Solis
Jennifer Solis

This is why you wait for the sales. I remember when Rockstar had a sale I got all the GTA games (digital) for $2 or $3 per game.

Andrew Waldmann
Andrew Waldmann

Jacob, it does make it a lot more accessible though. People make money off of making weapons and accessories for TF2 for example, and while user created content is nothing new, its that it makes it so easily accessible to start creating mods and the company (valve) is actually willing to pay you for your creation of these items if they ever use them. Cross platform isn't the biggest deal, but consoles don't support it usually so its a plus (there are exceptions, Portal, Skullgirls, etc) Steam sales are many times better than any deal you might find on a new game (if I remember correctly, just a couple months after borderland 2's release they were selling it for around 20 dollars, compared to the 60 that new games usually go for). There are more things I'm sure, but I can't think of them. Also, steam levels yo.

Jacob Leyva
Jacob Leyva

Jak, cross-platform is not a good example at all. Not to mention your using user-created content which has been around since the first game that allowed you to create your own character.

Jak Gibberish
Jak Gibberish

Steam is on of the very best things to ever happen to the gaming industry, so much so that so many online gaming stores like PSN etc copy the hell out of it. With Steam you can even play Portal 2 cross platform.... They release game workshops to be able to mod out a game and so forth. It also sells more than just games! With the Green Light too it gives so many indi devs a chance to get their games out there and sold! There were doing so much more years before others!!

Isa San
Isa San

Can't wait, would be nice to play my current library Ony ps4 with the dualshock4

Warrick Bergroth
Warrick Bergroth

Bring back Team buddies!! I loved the crap out of that game xD

Zhadow Of-Mefisto
Zhadow Of-Mefisto

How stupid or ignorant is Kyle Greet, Steam lets you backup your games to play offline, and you dont even need to be connected to steam to play most of the games.

James Flannery
James Flannery

Let me play some classics on mu ps4 and ill be happy

Jules Williams
Jules Williams

Sony already knew a fecking way its easy cash for them the ps4 is built on pc architecture emulating the ps and ps2 would be a piece of piss

Wayne G Ezard
Wayne G Ezard

The last of us and gta 5 and even bioshock 3 no interest in ps one games at all

Dean Jamieson
Dean Jamieson

I know it's not classic but I really hope that BFBC2 and the vietnam lack is released for it, it would be fantastic!

Zo Zoe
Zo Zoe

Bring bCk Siphon Filter!

Jak Gibberish
Jak Gibberish

Also your Steam games actually still work. You do not constantly need to be either on Steam or online. That is the beauty of Steam.

Jak Gibberish
Jak Gibberish

By the way Kyle, you can actually store all your Stream games onto an external HD, plus you do actually install your games so you still have them even if Steam were to ever go down. However, I doubt that will happen anytime soon. And when it does I am pretty sure the games I have now wouldn't mean so much to me then.

Victor Tamayo
Victor Tamayo

when the ps3 servers are down i want to be able to play ps3 exclusives

Christian Crow
Christian Crow

sony knows best - they already have ps3 games to be played using its new stream service

Mark Laban
Mark Laban

Let me guess... Alderaan shot first in these games?

Billy Dean Sandford
Billy Dean Sandford

If they added vandal hearts from ps1 then I would be the happiest guy on the planet

Dale Torrisi
Dale Torrisi

also were is resistence 4 every complaint insomniac made againstes nunber 4 was stupid caus they create the problems with resist 2

Colin Frazier
Colin Frazier

Don't worry, we all wish Nintendo would go third party so we could play Nintendo games on superior platforms.

drwhoiscool
drwhoiscool

All you need to do is Enable Trophies on the Classics, they will all sell...

David Chang
David Chang

The PSN Store is the closest (and still miles way) a console sales will ever get to the level of Steam... Journey is awesome...

Jared Beasley
Jared Beasley

Old games are in the past for a reason lets leave them there.

Kyle Greet
Kyle Greet

What if Steam collapses, all of "your" games won't just magically still work.

Luis Angel Rivera Hernandez
Luis Angel Rivera Hernandez

finally you always waistin time, when i try ask you the true. ill always fix informaction but experct you are still mind broken to listen to me?