A new PlayStation patent could allow spectators to kick players out of online games.
Earlier this week, a patent titled “Spectators Vote to Seat Gamers in a Video Game” was granted by the US Patent Office, after Sony initially filed for the patent in January 2020. The patent indicates a voting system, in which viewers of an online game can vote to kick an active player from the online game they are watching (via OPAttack).
Additionally, the patent also states that a notification would be provided to others in the online match, explaining that a player had been kicked out by spectators. It’s important to remember that this is all done through a voting system, however, judged by whether the votes to kick a specific player cross a threshold.
However, spectators might also have the option to “warn” a player to improve their game. A diagram included with the patent filing lists “warn player to improve” as an option that a spectator can use against. a player in a match, as well as “provide a personalized message”, indicating that a spectator could even set up a personalized message to be sent to players they feel are not playing fairly.
It’s a pretty fascinating patent filing, but as always with these patents, there is no guarantee that it will become a reality. Earlier this month, Sony filed another PlayStation-specific patent, detailing a system that allows users to manually reallocate their Internet bandwidth to be applied to areas such as downloading games. This system could speed up download times for new games and updates quickly, but again, there’s no guarantee that it will ever see the light of day.
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