Sony patents ‘Direct Gameplay’ OS feature likely set for PS5

Joanna Estrada
March 28, 2020

It's since emerged that the manufacturer wants to make playing its next-gen console as "easy as Netflix", as PS5's SSD is utilised to get you into titles faster than ever before.

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Though Sony has yet to unveil an official release date for the upcoming Playstation 5 console, opting to keep the "holiday 2020" window open barring any coronavirus-related delays, fan excitement remains at an all-time high. Obviously, technical specifications and hardware innovations are important, but until we can actually see what the PS5 looks like when it is powered on and running games in real-time, none of the teraflops or gigahertz mean much to the average gamer.

The feature would allow users to launch directly into a multiplayer match, specific game chapter or mode directly from the operating system menu, instead of having to boot a game and then progress through a series of menus. That's the idea behind direct gameplay, jumping right into where you left off, only it involves a much more complex system of networks and cloud servers - and you can turn your console off while the game is "paused" elsewhere. Single-player games will provide information like what missions you could do and what rewards you might receive for completing them-and all of those choices will be visible in the UI.

It's kind of like the old days of console gaming, before a save function was invented; you had to pause your game, and leave your console on, if you wanted to pick up right where you left off.

Kotaku news editor Jason Schreier posted on the forum site Resetera, commenting that, "I have heard some fascinating things about the PS5's operating system like this - one of the pitches they've been making to developers is 'playing a PS5 game should be as easy as Netflix'". It sounds like the player will have to set these templates for every game they own, should they choose. The main goal thereby being to open the door for smaller gaming windows, rather than the typical multi-hour burst that so often feels like a requirement. He now resides in NY writing for BGR.

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