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Like That Free PSN? Better Get Used to Advertisements

A recently discovered patent shows that Sony has a plan to interrupt game-play to show advertisements. I don't know about you guys, but the future of gaming looks glorious.

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sinncross1912d ago (Edited 1912d ago )

Thousands of patents never see the light of day. It is just a patent they have secured so no one else can use such an idea as long as the patent has not expired.

I highly doubt Sony is actually going to implement this... at worst maybe on demos.

Patriots_Pride1912d ago (Edited 1912d ago )

Honest question why would Sony file for this to begin with?

This should be available to whom ever wants to make a quick buck of adverts.

Ducky1912d ago (Edited 1912d ago )

You got it all wrong. See, Sony doesn't plan to implement those kind of ads.
They just patented it so that no-one else could do it.

This way, gamers are ensured that their playtime will never be interrupted.
Sony is looking out for us.

Anyways, it seems like the article is jumping the gun a bit. Game-interrupting ads would cause such a backlash, I doubt any sane company would do it (which the article does mention)... unless if they were on the loading screens or something.

Amazingmrbrock1912d ago

Tech companies patent everything they can possibly think of. So if any other company tries to do something that say sony has patented they can charge them a fee for the ability to do so.

ronin4life1912d ago (Edited 1912d ago )

@fatoldman
If Sony actually thought that way, then they would let their competitors do this and reap the benefits of the mass exodus of anyone stupid enough to do so.

"Commercials while gaming? Hell no! Goodbye MS, hello Sony!", is what they would say... ^_^;

GraveLord1912d ago

To prevent the competition from using it.

Anyway, any ads would be shown during loading times or in between online matches or something.

They wouldn't be shown in the middle of a MGS4 cutscene for example.

Anyway, I guarantee this will never see the light of day.

Dante1121912d ago

Doesn't MS already have these type of ads on Live?

deep_fried_bum_cake1912d ago

GraveLord

I can imagine that now.

"SNAAAAAAAKE......loves the way Colgate toothpaste whitens his teeth"

Anon19741911d ago

Sony also patented a system that would imprint games onto a console so that only that console would ever be able to play the game. This was while the PS3 was in development and at the time there were rumours we'd see it in the PS3. It never happened.
Microsoft patented software that could censor live audio streams, with most thinking it would find it's way onto XBL. Also didn't happen.

Tech companies file lots of things. Doesn't mean they'll necessarily see the light of day.

SilentNegotiator1911d ago

"You got it all wrong. See, Sony doesn't plan to implement those kind of ads.
They just patented it so that no-one else could do it"

You're, uh....ALMOST right. Sony filed so no-one else can use it.....without paying them.

F2P (AKA 'Pay 2 win') games are becoming bigger and free small games loaded with ads are becoming bigger. Of course they're going to patent techniques for these things.

But thousands of patents never get used. Sony may just as well never use this one.

GribbleGrunger1911d ago

'snake ... Snake ... SNAKE!?'

'should have gone to specsavers'

Hicken1911d ago

Why would they file a patent for a way to stop used games on consoles, then never use it?

If the patent is granted, that means they've got ten years where nobody else can use it. And if they don't, that's still a decade in which NOBODY ELSE CAN USE IT. Just like FatOldMan said.

Sounds good for us gamers, don't you think?

Also, just like FatOldMan said, it would create a massive backlash. I'd quit gaming, period; the Wii U isn't proven, and Microsoft rubs me the wrong way. Fortunately, there are thousands of games prior to this generation that are already out, so I'd still have stuff to play.

humbleopinion1911d ago (Edited 1911d ago )

Do you know how funny this sounds!? "They only patented it to prevent competition from using it, and will not use it themselves!"

A) You can't patents something only to prevent competition from using it. If you don't exercise or license it yourself the patent rights can be provoked
B) Registering a patent is a costly affair. If you already hold the rights to it and it gives you leverage over the competition, why not use it? That's the dumbest business decision there is.

The comments here are naive and ridiculous at best. Yes, it might turn out not commercially viable and Sony eventually might not use it.
But to say that the oh-so consumer friendly Sony only patented it to prevent other evil corporations from using it!? Can it get any more fanboyish then this? Some people here need a reality check.

morganfell1911d ago

What really sounds funny is your comment that patent rights can be provoked (perhaps you meant revoked) if the patenting party isn't using the idea.

Sorry to burst your bubble but that just isn't the case. Massive court battles have been decisively lost because someone patented an idea that never went into action and someone else used it. This generation of consoles has been rife with payouts and suits lost because MS, Sony, or Nintendo used someone's patented idea or technology. A tech they themselves never put to use.

Most patented ideas by large corporate entities never see the light of day. This includes ideas that may generate revenue but were deemed to lose money on the back end - in this case by pushing gamers away.

The fact that people on this board, and the ridiculous publishing website above promote this story proves several things.

It shows how desperate these flybynight cheap sites are for hits. it is laughable that in their attempt for relevance they produce absurd inane pieces that result in the exact opposite.

It also clearly demonstrates how far posters are willing to go to attack the console which they dislike. By that I mean they paint themselves as far less than intelligent when they espouse the idea any company would stop gameplay to advertise. In game ads have failed enough now they expect companies to not only repeat what failed but take it to an even further degree?

The only good that came of this article is as a lesson to people to vote on these nuisance websites by clicking on the link beneath "Read full story", in this case "gameplox.com +" and voting these websites and stories down to the point it makes them more difficult to publish such idiocy. When gameplox uncovered this story they probably thought they struck it rich. Well enjoy you big pile of fool's gold.

Until people start using the tools provided by this site, this tripe will continue to clog the news feed.

MmaFan-Qc1911d ago

"Like That Free PSN? Better Get Used to Advertisements"

huh, XBLIVE is a paid service....and they shove tons and TONS of ads down our throats, soo...what's up with your "Get Used to Advertisements" if its free?

calibann1911d ago

@MmaFan-Qc There are no advertisements on xbox live for products that you can't access ON xbox live.

sikbeta1911d ago

bwahahaha, no thanks >:(

darthv721911d ago (Edited 1911d ago )

"tons and tons" you do know the difference between figuratively and literally...right?

In any case. For the most part, the ads shown are for content related to something on xblive. for example, a movie trailer for Brave that auto plays in the lower corner is relative to the marketplace where you can go and watch more movie trailers.

That is why we see ads for things that relate and not in general. I have yet to see a Maxi-pad ad but if there was a game related then perhaps that would change.

XBlive may have ads but they arent shoved down your throat either. They are in the lower corner.

Gaming1011911d ago

By "Game Interupting" obviously they aren't going to interupt gameplay, at most it would be during a loading screen in which case - you're staring at the screen twiddling your thumbs anyway so what's the difference?
You pay for tv and internet and there are ads everywhere, so don't get too upset if Sony wants to get a lock on finally getting some ad revenue to pay for a free service that costs a ton of money to maintain.

humbleopinion1909d ago

"Sorry to burst your bubble but that just isn't the case. Massive court battles have been decisively lost because someone patented an idea that never went into action and someone else used it."
Try to learn how patent law works, and then come back. Those "massive court battles" (which are in 99% of the cases not even settled in court) are for PATENTS THAT WERE USED. In fact, if you try hard you won't be able to find a single court case where a patent holders did not license his patent to at least one legal entity which put it into use - or is in the process of doing so (which is up to the court to decide if enough effort is actually being put into it). This is just how things work - rights for patents that aren't being exercised can be revoked and in some cases ARE revoked.

"This generation of consoles has been rife with payouts and suits lost because MS, Sony, or Nintendo used someone's patented idea or technology. A tech they themselves never put to use."
No it hasn't. Once again: if you clearly examine each patent lawsuit, you will see that each patent has been exercised by either the patent holder, or a licensee of the patent: from Immersion VS Sony to the recent Motorola VS Microsoft. Please try to come up with at least A SINGLE example before making up these statements.

"Most patented ideas by large corporate entities never see the light of day."
Another misunderstanding: A patent actually sees the light of day the minute it is submitted to the USPTO or whatever other patent office. At that point the entire world can see what the patent is about, even if the patent hasn't been exercised (which is probably what you meant to say. This is even funnier in fact than misplacing revoked with provoked ;) ). See case in headline as a fine example of a patent seeing the light of day.

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zeal0us1912d ago

I bet hundred of thousands of people hope this patent never see the light of day.

WeskerChildReborned1912d ago

People will probably rage when an AD interupts their game aha and this sound's like a really bad idea especially if you're playing Multiplayer games and a ad pops up.

Rockefellow1912d ago

The problem is, they already do this on demos. As soon as you finish it, and even sometimes during a demo, you're bombarded with ads.

Now, if they implement the PS+ architecture for all users, where the full game is free for a specified amount of time, I can see this being something they implement.

marioPSUC1912d ago

The only ads you see after a demo, or atleast I see are ads for the game you just played. And you don't have to watch them you can just go back to the the dashboard or xmb

Lubu1912d ago (Edited 1912d ago )

If they offer free games, then I'm fine with in game ads, as long as they aren't too frequent and don't pop in at bad times, like middle of combat.
I play the free version of DC Universe Online, and every once in a while, after a safe house load, I get an ad for something available as DLC. I don't mind it since it's ads for in game items and I'm getting to play the game for free.
Just like my free copy of Motorstorm RC for the Vita. It was sponsored by Scion, so I don't mind seeing the Scion splash screen as the game boots up.

kevnb1912d ago

xbox live gold already has ads, im surprised sony never put them in. But thats a good thing on sony, i dont want someone to try and sell me pop tarts when im trying to game.

ronin4life1911d ago (Edited 1911d ago )

As far as I know, xbl ads are dash board only. Actual gameplay is left alone.

This patent is for showing you ads *while you are actively playing the game*.
Example:
You just shot 2 guards and are getting ready to finish off the last one, then the gameplay starts to slow down until it reaches a pause... at which point, an add is shown. After a warning indicating gameplay shall resume, you pick up where you left off(until the next ad.)

Of course, little detail is given. Ads could be placed during loading screens, or in multiplayer waiting rooms as well/instead.

DOMination-1911d ago

lol obviously this is nonsense. Sony has respect for gamers unlike MS with their dashboard ads.

calibann1911d ago

Microsoft do not advertise external products. Only products that are available on Xbox live. (e.g arcade titles 75% off this weekend) I can tell you don't have an xbox 360.

DOMination-1911d ago

ummmm no Calibann lol I didn't realise that you could purchase a real VW Beetle over Xbox Live

http://www.youtube.com/watc...

Baka-akaB1911d ago

"Microsoft do not advertise external products." And why do we care about that point ? All that matter is that it's ads .

Besides you're not even right about that

calibann1908d ago

Wow, guess i've been away from Live longer than I thought. Colour me embarrassed. What a douchey move by Microsoft.

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xAlmostPro1911d ago (Edited 1911d ago )

This title is dumb, Sony have a Patent that includes the addition of ad's during gameplay.

NOT PSN will now be rammed full of ads(XBL has ads on the dash so..) They also do NOT have a plan to interupt gaming, fact is this day and age m