Rumor: The Playstation 5 May Have An AI-powered Game Assistant

The leak and rumors encompassing around the Playstation 5 console are on a roll since the interview of Mark Cerny. During the exclusive interview with the Wired, Cerny focused on the hardware side of the console using buzz words such as ‘ray tracing’ and ‘8k resolution’. We still do not have much information regarding the console, but the leaks are keeping fans engaged.

Continuing on the leaks, a patent has been spotted by an analyst (Daniel Ahmad) at twitter. The patent is called Playstation Assistant, and it may be the answer to the Xbox’s (departed) digital assistant Cortana and Stadia’s Google assistant. Xbox has already done away with Cortana. We may see the 2nd iteration of digital assistant by Microsoft in the next Xbox. Google Stadia is the new contender in the gaming market. It already has a powerful assistant in the shape of Google assistant 

The patent mentioned above will be Sony’s first attempt in the field of digital assistants. The assistant will dynamically respond to the queries of the gamers. While expert gamers may not need its help, casual players will welcome this addition. Additionally, the assistant will be able to help gamers in both singleplayer and multiplayer games. Sony has to work on the implementation of the assistant in multiplayer games since it can create an unfair advantage for the users.

According to the patent, the assistant in its current stage can simplify the core gameplay. Consider a simple scenario many games ask its players to find health packs scattered throughout the world. If you ask for the nearest health pack, the assistant can go as far as marking it in your map. It may help players in singleplayer situations, even in tough conditions. On the other hand, the same situation will be the cause of an unfair advantage for the player in a multiplayer situation.

The release window of the PS5 is still far. Sony has ample time to work out the queries while making it’s assistant useful for most players.

Mohsin Naeem
Mohsin is a budding writer who has a thing for PC hardware and gaming. He has been building computers according to the need of his clients and is well versed in the area. He is an economics major and the analytical skills he learned from his academics adds to his writing and gives him a unique way to observe the tech industry.