A new PlayStation patent could allow spectators to kick players out of online games.
Earlier this week, a patent titled “Spectators Vote to Bench Players in a Video Game” was granted by the US patent office, after Sony originally filed the patent in January 2020. The patent indicates a voting system, whereby viewers of an online game can vote to kick an active player in the online game they are watching (via OPAttack).
Additionally, the patent also specifies 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 against the votes to kick out a specific player crossing a threshold, so it’s not like a spectator in solo could kick whoever he wanted.
However, spectators could also have the option to “warn” a player to improve their game. A diagram provided with the patent filing lists “warn player to improve” as an option a spectator can use against a player in a match, as well as “provide a personalized message”, indicating that a viewer could even set up a personalized message to be sent to players who they believe are not playing fairly.
It’s a pretty fascinating patent filing, but as always with these patents, there’s no guarantee that it will become a reality. Earlier this month, Sony filed another PlayStation-specific patent, detailing a system for users to manually reallocate their internet bandwidth to apply to areas such as downloading games. This system could quickly speed up download times for new games and updates, but again, there’s no guarantee it’ll ever see the light of day.
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