PlayStation's Compassionate AI
You’ll never game along again – ever
Need a friend? Sony has patented an idea for a companion robot that can watch you play videogames and simulate empathy, thus helping motivate you through those long, hard, lonely evenings of pro-gaming.
Of course, companies file thousands of rather odd patents that never go anywhere, and this isn’t the first wacky Sony patent to get filed and never seen again, but at least it results in some funny schematics. This patent includes a diagram with a ‘fluffy’ companion sitting next to the user ‘watching TV’.
Sharing is caring: “… it is expected that the user’s affinity with the robot is increased and motivation for playing a game is enhanced by the robot viewing the gameplay next to the user and being pleased or sad together with the user.” Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo have all made forays into biometric feedback, with the aim of measuring the player’s mood and using the readings to influence the game experience.
Finger tracking VR: Sony has filed some more promising patents too, most notably a new method of finger tracking for use in virtual reality. The patent – WO2020031271 – Controller Device – was filed in August 2019, and might have something to do with the next generation of PlayStation VR.
Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?
Who used to publish Mount & Blade?
- Bohemia Interactive
- Paradox Interactive
- Deep Silver
- THQ Nordic
Darth Vader’s star pupil was a killer
Lucasarts’ Star Wars: The Force Unleashed took Star Wars creator George Lucas’ vision for the Skywalker family pretty seriously. The game puts you in charge of Darth Vader’s secret apprentice Starkiller, who’s all about hunting Jedi and unleashing the force.
Of course, his parents didn’t name him Starkiller (his real name Galen Marek has a slightly less threatening aura) – but was the original name of Anakin Skywalker. That’s right, everyone’s favorite pod racer turned heartbreaker was named Annikin Starkiller in the first draft of A New Hope.
BioWare paid homage to the less family-friendly name of the Jedi clan with an Arena champion named Bendak Starkiller on the planet Taris in Knights of the Old Republic.
Apex Legends Season 5
Apex Legends Season 5 keycard hints
Dataminers have trained their pickaxes on the latest Apex Legends updates, and have exhumed an in-game keycard.
They found it in Dome on World’s Edge, and activating it produces references to Singh Labs – the King’s Canyon facility that Wraith escaped from in the Voidwalker backstory. The keycard also features the ARES Division logo, which Titanfall fans may remember as a weapons research and development company.
More keycards: Apex Legends dataminer Shrugtal believes this is just the start and expects another keycard to turn up somewhere in the game world around April 19th. There seems to be three keycards in all, and finding them all is certain to yield some kind of reward.
Most likely Loba: Wolf-themed weapons have been discovered, suggesting that the character Loba will be added in Season 5. Loba is Portuguese for Wolf, and Shrugtal came across an asset depicting her as an adult.