The Next PlayStation May Have an AI Assistant Installed

'PlayStation Assist' patent hints at future console's features

The next PlayStation (presumably called PlayStation 5) might have an AI assistant on the system akin to Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana.

News of this comes from a Sony patent for “PlayStation Assist,” described as a “Voice Help System Using Artificial Intelligence” (thanks Techtastic). The proposed program would respond to voice commands, including questions about a game a player is currently working through, 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 strategies to defeat a dragon, as well as how to craft a steel sword.

Along with its in-game uses, the patent shows how it would be used on mobile devices, including asking PlayStation Assist about your progress in any game, as well as showing a map of a game on your phone for quick reference.

The patent doesn’t necessarily mean Sony intends to implement this tech into the upcoming console, but it at least means the idea is in a concept stage that could lead to its eventual creation. Sony has yet to officially unveil the next PlayStation, but earlier this year the company did discuss the device with Wired, where it confirmed the specs, as well as features like backwards compatibility with PlayStation 4 games and supporting physical discs alongside digital downloads.

While the future of the PlayStation brand is within throwing distance, Sony still has a few games left for the PlayStation 4 in the next year, including Kojima Productions’ Death Stranding, which is set to close out the year in November, and Naughty Dog and Sucker Punch Productions working on The Last of Us: Part II and Ghost of Tsushima for 2020. However, given Sony’s propensity to remaster games for new hardware, we might even see these games on the next PlayStation sometime in the system’s first couple years.

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Kenneth Shepard

Kenneth is a Georgia-based writer who still periodically cries about the Mass Effect trilogy years after it concluded.

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