Tech News: The latest patent by Sony could one day make AI play PS5 games for you.
Have you ever felt like there isn’t enough time in a day to play all the games you want, besides eating, sleeping and working? Well, Sony Interactive Entertainment’s recent patent for an “automated artificial intelligence control mode to perform specific tasks during gaming applications” might be interesting.
The patent application, filed by Sony Interactive Entertainment in April 2020 and published this month (via SegmentNext), outlines a way in which Artificial Intelligence (AI) could study a person’s style of play and thus assist or take over the play sessions as needed.
According to the patent, a default game profile could be assigned to a user and the AI would initially simulate general human behavior. Over time, however, by monitoring “a multitude of gaming sessions of the user playing a multitude of gaming applications”, the AI could adjust the user’s profile and start behaving more like the specific player it studied.
The idea is that once you have an AI profile that can reasonably reliably mimic your behavior, you can ask the AI to take over and keep progressing while, for example, you go to prepare your food. Once you are ready to return to the game, you can simply exit the automatic mode.
The patent specifically mentions cases where “the game controller can continue in automatic mode to complete specific game tasks that are difficult for the user.”
The patent also outlines the potential of a “competitive multiplayer game”. For example, if a player has to leave the game, the game does not need to end, but he can activate the automatic mode to simulate his game, so that his “online presence is maintained” while he is away.
Given the already heated vibe of online multiplayer games and the tensions surrounding the cheating, this seems by far the most controversial use of the mode and most likely will degenerate into the kind of AI-chasing hell that only Philip K. Dick. he could dream.
For some gamers, the idea of sitting down with a plate of food while watching an AI version of themselves work their way through the more boring parts of their PS5 games might be tempting. Others who pride themselves on grinding may think differently.