This clever Sony patent could mean the end of annoying off-keyboard timers if it gets into testing.
Have you ever had to drop your console while playing one of your favorite games? FPS games To answer the door, only to return to find your character lying dead on the floor brutally murdered by some hiding enemies? What if there was a way your console could pause a game by leaving it?
That’s what the makers “Method of detecting the console in idle mode” (Opens in a new tab) Patents are being sought. The patent, which was filed with Sony in 2021 and published this year on November 3, proposes using a combination of existing motion sensor technology and camera feed information to add a feature to the camera. DualSense Wireless Controller Which would independently pause games when a player sets up their PS5 controller.
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After the news was feature Posted on a prominent gaming forum (Opens in a new tab)PS5 users have taken the time to weigh the pros and cons.
“So I switch my position to comfortable and the game randomly pauses?? No thanks,” says one user, while another notes that Sony would do well to increase the battery life of the DualSense controller first before spending time developing other features.
If the patent goes through, it won’t become one of about 36,000 Sony granted patents (Opens in a new tab) globally, but can completely revamp in-game pausing systems.
Currently, the patent explains, “when a user turns off … a console, the game does not know whether the user is a medium or is simply not responding.” This starts the prolonged AFK timer that usually starts the moment you become idle in the game. This can take up to 20 minutes for some games to time out, and only then will the game register you as not actually present.
The patent also suggests using existing motion sensor technology to give controllers an independent sense of where the user is and when they put the controller down to do something else.
However, this information is verified with additional data from microphones and even camera feeds. “Acoustic information may be implemented on acoustic signals,” the patent reads, and “image recognition from a camera may be performed,” as well.
While all of this feeds into providing the device with enough data to register when a controller is turned off versus just sitting there and holding it for a while, it can be a troubling security or privacy concern for risk-averse gamers.
If the transmission is granted by Sony, it will be a long time before it gets patched into the DualSense via a firmware update.
As was the case with the motion sensor patent, it can take up to 18 months for an already filed patent to be published. Also, as patent filing numbers have dropped dramatically from nearly 12,000 applications in 2019 to just 2,421 in 2021, Sony is still playing catch-up to publishing patent filings from pre-Covid times.
While it would be nice to have a smart pause controller that backs you up when you need to put your device down temporarily, we shouldn’t get too excited just yet.
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