Sony Interactive Entertainment just lately filed a patent for a system permitting gamers to obtain video games in smaller playable chunks. That is distinct from present programs, which let gamers begin the sport after the set up progress reaches a preset proportion.
Sony patents system of “software chunks”
As VeryAli Gaming just lately broke down, the patent outlines a brand new approach that splits video games into what Sony calls “software chunks.” Every chunk comprises knowledge estimating the playtime for that part of content material. The sport knowledge additionally features a threshold for the minimal quantity of playtime.
The system then compares the estimated playtime of the downloaded chunks to the estimated time to obtain the subsequent chunk. If the estimated playtime meets the edge and is longer than the time to obtain the subsequent chunk, Sony’s system installs the earlier chunk. Customers can then play these chunks because the obtain continues within the background.
Sony’s newest patent application additionally features a system for prioritizing chunks based mostly on their significance to this system. The system additionally components in how the person consumer performs the sport and makes use of that info to replace its playtime estimates. Sony’s system will use the chunk’s precedence, playtime knowledge, and consumer preferences to pick out the subsequent chunk to obtain.
If the system works as supposed, it ought to assist gamers get into the sport sooner with out ready for prolonged downloads. Nevertheless, it’s value emphasizing that that’s nonetheless an “if.” That is additionally only a patent software and never one thing Sony plans to roll out tomorrow. It might be a very long time earlier than Sony places this concept into follow, assuming it ever does.