Sony is slowly catching up to Xbox with a browser-based cloud gaming patent
PlayStation and Xbox have been rivals for some time in the so-called console wars, and ever since Nintendo chose to go a different route, arguably starting with the Wii, Microsoft’s console has been Sony’s main competitor. as they pursue similar goals of wanting to be the biggest and most powerful. Sony may still be ahead in the race, but there have been times when its American rival has taught it some important lessons.
This particularly happened in the PS3 era when the Xbox 360 introduced online features such as Xbox Live and later Game Pass. Sony has been looking to catch up with its recently revamped PlayStation Plus subscription service. Now, it looks like it’s trying to catch up in another area: cloud-based gaming.
Sony has always struggled with software and networks, whereas these are Microsoft’s forte. With Game Pass, it’s been hard at work on cloud gaming and even partnered with Samsung to bring internet gaming to Samsung smart TVs, for example. But a new patent suggests Sony is also looking to improve its cloud offering (via GameRant).
The patent is titled “Browser-Based Cloud Gaming” and the app describes a system designed as a more versatile version of the PlayStation Now cloud gaming service, as it only works through a proprietary hardware device such as the PS4 or PS5. . The new patent suggests a service that can work on a variety of devices as long as they use a web browser.
Cloud gaming allows them to stream a video game over an internet connection, with gamers able to instantly access the game without having to download it in full. This requires a fast and stable internet connection, but cloud gaming opens up the possibility of continuing your game while you’re on vacation, for example, or on the go, as long as you have a device that can connect to the online cloud.
With this patent, it suggests that Sony is exploring these possibilities although there is still a gap between a patent and its realization as a consumer service. But with Sony aiming to have more live service games and increase its interest in online features, it wouldn’t be surprising if a more flexible version of PS Now materializes in the future.
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