Remember that ad patent Sony had?

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#1 Posted by clyde46 (49048 posts) -

A patent filed for by Sony in 2012 has been published today by the United States Patent & Trademark Office, revealing the company's apparent interest in finding ways to more easily introduce new content into classic games being streamed through the cloud. Essentially, the patent describes the ability to suspend gameplay in an emulated game and then introduce new content in a manner that doesn't involve reverse engineering the game's code.

"Finding new ways to play preexisting video games can increase the longevity of older games," the patent states. "Instead of replaying the same level or completing the same missions repeatedly, gamers often desire new challenges when replaying legacy games. In response to this need, game designers have begun to produce mini-games. Within a mini-game, the gamer can be instructed to complete new objectives or challenge their friends for high scores in a format that was not originally designed into the legacy game."

Basic examples of the types of mini-games the patent is referring to are limiting the number of lives or amount of health players have when fighting a boss.

Sony's patent, which is entitled "Suspending State of Cloud-Based Legacy Applications," would allow for triggers or "snapshots" to be used as the mechanism through which the emulated game is suspended and the new content is then delivered. It also talks about offering games on platforms they were not originally designed for, which is what you'd expect from cloud-based gaming.

Put as simply as possible, "The present disclosure is related to video game emulation. Among other things, this application describes a method and apparatus for emulating a video game that includes generating snapshots that can be used for incorporating new content into the emulated video games."

While it's unclear what Sony would do if granted the patent, it should be reiterated that this deals with cloud-based game streaming. The patent was originally filed on June 29, 2012, just prior to the company's announcement of its acquisition of cloud gaming service Gaikai. Sony has announced it will make use of Gaikai on PlayStation 4 -- including the ability to stream PS3 games to the system, a feature purportedly coming this year -- but it has never given any indication it planned to do more with it than stream games as they already exist.

It's already been suggested this patent could allow for Sony to release games in the style of NES Remix, which offers twists on levels from classic NES games like Donkey Kong, Excitebike, and Super Mario Bros. Do you have any theories or hopes for what we'll see from Sony involving this patent, if anything? Let us know in the comments below.

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#2 Posted by Ghost120x (5229 posts) -

The stuff that they could add with this wouldn't be anything meaningful, but it may be nice for those to see a new challenge in a game they haven't played in years. I don't care for it, and I found the nes remix to be incredibly boring, it got repetitive real fast, and it was disgustingly overpriced.

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#3 Posted by megaspiderweb09 (3686 posts) -

I duno if i like the direction a lot of these companies are going these days. Everything is going from product based to service based which is not a bad thing, but you just get this ill feeling that gamers will loose many perks they already had with the current models as these companies will try to find ways to squeeze out that extra buck from consumers. Then again, maybe im just resisting change, who knows

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#5 Posted by deactivated-59b71619573a1 (38222 posts) -

That could be neat with the whole mini game thing but it could also be annoying and gimmicky as hell

We'll see what happens

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#6 Posted by Heil68 (57704 posts) -

The good news keeps getting better for SONY and the powerhouse PS4.

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#7 Posted by blackace (23576 posts) -

It really depends on how they utilize something like this with their older games. It could turn out good or bad. We have to wait and see if they get this patent and what they plan on doing with it.

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#8 Edited by Shottayouth13- (7014 posts) -

NES Remix ripoff. Sony copies again.

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#9 Posted by cainetao11 (32435 posts) -

Funny how this patent means something but the one Sony filed about drm means nothing. I thought filing a patent doesn't mean anything, because millions are filed all the time?