The next PlayStation (most likely called PlayStation 5) will come with an AI assistant on the system, similar to Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana.
This news is delivered from a Sony patent for “PlayStation Assist,” described as a “Voice Help System Using Artificial Intelligence” (thanks Techtastic).
The still unknown program would reply to voice commands, including questions about a game a player is currently involved in, such as asking for quests guides, puzzle solutions, or locations of items.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was used as an example in the patent, showing a user asking for tactics to defeat a dragon, as well as how to churn out a steel sword.
Along with its in-game facilities, the patent also displays how it would be used on mobile devices, like asking PlayStation Assist about your progress in any game, as well as discovering a map of a game on your phone for immediate reference.
The patent is not a sure shot confirmation that Sony is looking to implement this tech into their latest console, but it at least means the idea is at least in the process and that could lead to its eventual creation.
Sony has yet unveiled the next PlayStation officially, but earlier this year the company talked about the device in a conversation Wired, where it confirmed the specs, as well as features like backward compatibility with PlayStation 4 games and being able to physical discs alongside digital downloads.
While what lies in the future for the PlayStation company is within throwing distance, Sony still has a few games left for the PlayStation 4 in the next year, including Kojima Productions’ Death Stranding( will be out in November), and Naughty Dog and Sucker Punch Productions putting their minds on The Last of Us: Part II and Ghost of Tsushima for 2020.
However, if take a look at Sony’s ability to remaster games for new hardware, we might even see these games on the next PlayStation later in the system’s first couple years.