Sony’s Latest Patent: What Does It Mean To You?

Video Gaming Hard Corps goes in depth with Sony's latest patent. What does it mean for us gamers?

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Ezz20132051d ago (Edited 2051d ago )

"Sony’s Latest Patent: What Does It Mean To You?"

nothing ...because sony patent sh1t load of things that never see the daylight

correct me if i'm wrong
didn't sony have that patent before ps3 come out
did they use it on ps3???!!
no ??
so what make you think they will use it on ps4 ?!
and why talk about a console we don't even know it's real name or it tech or when will even come out ??

decrypt2051d ago (Edited 2051d ago )

It probably will go through just like online passes did.

Console makers need the money to fund their ever increasing expenses, devs will support the move. Console gamers as usual will take it up the hind i dont see why this wont go through.

They might not do it at launch so they first lure people into buying their boxes, later though no reason why it shouldnt happen.

MikeMyers2051d ago

What it means is this, both the hardware supplier and the software publishers want to recoup as much income as possible. That is why the current generation saw things like online passes (which Sony adopted into their own games), more DLC, more games only available through digital means like Minecraft, Journey and The Walking Dead (some can now be bought in physical format). That's why we've seen a big push for services like Playstation Plus. It's also why we've seen much more focus on exclusive and timed exclusive DLC. That is stuff they can control much more easily. Locking the physical game to the console could be the next step but like I've said before, it is highly unlikely Sony will go it alone.

The upcoming systems could also be the last ones to actually have physical media. After the next generation it could all be in digital form anyways so it doesn't really matter, we're already heading in that direction. Steam has over 40 million customers and it's all digital and tied to your account.

guitarded772051d ago

It's just a patent... Sony may well have developed the tech in case one of the other console manufacturers goes forward with blocking used games... it could just be an insurance policy.

Anyway, it doesn't concern me much since I buy games new. I figure it's worth supporting the dev for the extra $5, and I have a strange passion for removing cellophane.

It also means video game theft would go down since the games will be useless to anyone else.

prototypeknuckles2051d ago

true they had the patent and didnt use it and the same thing can happen now, but then you look back at this generation where publishers are just over the top and gamers dont really give a F and just take it up the butt, remember when DLC was actually a good thing one company abused it and gamers said its okay they wont do it again, now look at what DLC is today, sony already took stuff away from the ps3 as years passed, now weve got locked save data, always online DRM for other games,online passes for single player games with no multiplayer at all, dont think just because they didnt impliment it back then, they wont now, these publishers and developers think and know that most people will just bend over and take it.

admiralvic2051d ago

DLC was always going to get out of hand at some point, since it was an easy way for companies to make money on a hit or resale a greatest hits version, with us bank rolling the content. Also many people protested it (plus it rarely sells that well in relation to the main game), so yeah...

Also locked saves have existed for a while (Demon Souls / Street Fighter 4 / being the earliest I recall), but were mostly abandoned over time and even Playstation Plus offered a way around this issue. Not saying you should need plus to move it, but for a "problem" as rare as it was... it's a good solution.

The always online DRM is / was limited to my knowledge to MMO's and Final Fight Double Impact. Since then (which was a while...) the concept has been dropped and have yet to hear about another one.

Typically games with an online pass for single player are useless. Batman Arkham City probably added the "best", which many people complained was pretty pointless during the whole debate. Other games include Bulletstorm (alt leash color online and some challenge maps), Rage (new place to go, nothing fancy), Kingdoms of Amalur (I guess just a Mass Effect armor), and a lot of "first run" copy DLC. Personally I support games like Darksiders II getting "first run" bonuses, since it promotes people buying it early. I don't know what (if anything) a copy of Darksiders II comes with, but I wouldn't consider the first DLC pack bonus or BB pack in bonuses as part of an online pass bonus, since they were only added to promote buying early.

In the end, this is a bad thing, but it probably won't get implemented. Sony COULD add it to the PS4 as an optional feature, which was the case with region codes. Either or, if you want to make a case... come up with better examples.

rainslacker2051d ago

That's not true means I can't file a similar patent....those bastards at Sony thwarted me again. /s

Angrymorgan2050d ago

It's a double edged sword, won't be able to buy pre owned anymore but I think it will open up more funding for bigger , better unique games because pre owned sales won't determine debs/publishers profits.

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KidMachinate2051d ago

There was a rumor of something like this existing before, but the Sony CEO shut that down saying that they would not support the blocking of used games. Now with this patent, that may prove to be false.

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney2051d ago

SO why patent tech for it? Sony Bored?

KidMachinate2051d ago

One would have to wonder the answer to this.

Knight_Crawler2051d ago (Edited 2051d ago )

So Sony is playing with people by filing for this patent...what if it gets granted, it will be there for Sony to use for future devices if needed.

Regardless if they use it or not it still makes them look bad for actually thinking of this and having there R&D team work on the tech for this and file a patent for it.

If this gets granted someone should start a kick starter to buy this patent from Sony and then sign a legal document that bluntly states that no one is allowed to use this patent everrrrrr.

@Ezz - From my understanding this patent still has not been granted to Sony and they filed for it 9/12/2012...I am not sure where you are getting the so old thing from but Sony filed for this last year.

The technology probably was not ready for it on the PS3 plus it would have added to the PS3 price even more. Why spend so much money on R&D to not use it?

Also if Rumors are correct the PS4 should launch in 2014, dont you thing it strange that Sony filed for this Patent with the PS4 one year from release.

Ezz20132051d ago

hold it dude
sony is not playing any one
this patent is soo old it was before ps3 come out
and they never use it
what makes you think they will use it with ps4 ?!

DarkHeroZX2051d ago

I think these patents are just a wat for sony to make money! If Sony patented blocking used games on consoles then that means that MS would have to pay fees to do so. Patents like these are just a way to ensure that if all else fails then s=Sony can make money somewhere that's it.

Aceman182051d ago

sooooo many people and media sites up in arms over something that probably wont happen. how about we let the system release first with its specs to see what's, what?

fOrlOnhOpe572051d ago

It means absolutely nothing - unless they ever decide to implement it.

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