Sony Wants The Cloud To Create, Manage “Mini-Games”

Sony plans to expand its cloud computing services by allowing users to not only create minor apps but to also manage them on social media networks.

Patent (US20160279515A1) describes a system where users can harness the power of the cloud to create “mini-games” based on recorded footage of a conventional game. The said app can then be uploaded to the cloud where it can be accessed via the same cloud computing services. Sony hasn’t gone into any details as to what these mini-games will actually be but they look to be more than just clips cropped from game-replays. What Sony has described, though, is how it will be utilizing the cloud to manage these mini-games.

Once uploaded, the cloud will mark each mini-game with a unique identifier and constantly monitor it for user-interactions. Those scores will help the system to rank the apps via categories and popularity on both a “game site” and social media networks. The patented method goes further to involve tags in order to bring up related content upon the user’s wishes.

The patent was filed back in 2016 but was granted to Sony a few months back. The following is the abstract:

Methods for managing mini-games created and executed in a game cloud system are provided. One method includes providing a plurality of mini-games stored in the game cloud system. Each mini-game is created based on a video recording of a game play for a game title, and is shared in a social network. The method further includes identifying user interactions for each mini-game and ranking the mini-games based on the identified user interactions associated with each mini-game. Then, some or all of the mini-games are displayed on a game site and/or a social network site in an order that is based on the ranking.

While unconfirmed, the patent could be in relation to PlayStation Now. Sony was recently spotted to have filed another patent that suggested players would be able to go online without needing a console. In such a case, players would be using the new DualShock 5 controller to connect to the internet. The idea is certainly interesting and a definite jump as far as accessibility is concerned. Google Stadia uses a similar approach as long as there’s a Chromecast nearby. Sony may as well make the DualShock 5 controller a gaming accessory for every household.