Sony Files New Patent for MMO Processing System

Sony Interactive Entertainment files a new patent for an MMO processing system, referring to possible MMOs for PlayStation 5.

As the online gaming landscape evolves with new ideas, Sony continues to file patents that could shape the future of the company and the PlayStation brand. A patent filed by Sony outlines an MMO processing system, which may align with the company’s plans to create more live-service games in the coming years.

Throughout 2022, Sony reiterated its plans to invest in the live-service gaming space with acquisitions and a wealth of new games in active development. Sony’s acquisition of Bungie is a clear sign that it will bring talent under the PlayStation Studios umbrella with years of experience in live service games. Last February, Sony confirmed plans to release at least 10 live-service games by 2026. One of these new live service games will be a new multiplayer game for PlayStation 5 by Jade Raymond’s Haven Studios. Haven Studios is another major studio acquired by Sony this year.

MMOs are the pioneers of modern live-service gaming and Sony is taking the genre into account with a new patent. Sony’s new patent describes an MMO processing system that uses various networks, compute units and the cloud. According to the patent, computers are assigned to handle gaming interactivity between one or more users in the game world. When the number of users exceeds a region’s predetermined limit, sub-regions and additional computers are assigned to continue to handle the interactivity in the game world.

The patent outlines the process with a diagram of compute units, networks, and the game cloud system that acts as the central computing power. As can be seen in the diagram, each computing unit transmits information through a network and to the central computing unit. This MMO processing system is likely to be used in a new PlayStation title, as the patent applicant is Sony Interactive Entertainment. In addition, the patent is a potential sign that PlayStation will bring third-party MMOs to its latest platform, PlayStation 5.

The MMO patent is another indication of new live service experiences coming soon to PlayStation 5. As PlayStation 5’s installed base grows, it’s important for Sony to innovate and bring new games that will define the platform. Sony seems to consider existing and emerging technologies when pursuing live service games.

MMOs such as Final Fantasy XIV and Warframe continue to be financially successful and attract new players. The MMO genre has been proven to be successful on modern consoles, and Sony could reap similar benefits with a well-developed MMO on PlayStation 5. Thankfully, Sony is bolstering the PlayStation 5 library of games with anticipated titles such as The Last of Us: Part. 1 and God of War: Ragnarok as you dive into the live service room.

Leave a Comment