In just a year Sont will give us the next generation of console upon us. There is plenty we already know about and still a lot we don’t. There is the obvious, which is that it will be more powerful and faster than anything before. Honesty though, that is a given with any new console.  We also know that is will have an SSD which will ensure almost zero load times. The difference between the two console giants will be marginal, at least in terms of hardware. It seems that the defining factor for supremacy will come down to services and software.

This is where Sony may have a game-changer in their hand. They are going to bring us an InGame AI Assistant, think SIRI but for your PS5. It is a novel approach, but one that has endless potential if done correctly.

Sony and SIRI

If you have ever been stuck in a level on a game and looked up a walkthrough, this will be a game-changer (literally). No longer will you have to whip out a laptop or phone. Just ask your console to assist. Looking for better mods? Just ask PS-Siri (or whatever it will be called)

All this was discovered simply by closer analysis of the revised controller that will be accompanying the PS5. This reveal was none other than a simple microphone. The type of hardware one needs to pursue a virtual assistant. Of course, Sony would not confirm anything. However, a patent filed by the console giant re-enforces this notion. Discovered by Respawn First (GamesRadar), the patent has tech that can be used to “characterize user-generated content associated with gameplay information with video games”

[…] The associated metadata would 1) allow users to search among various uploaded user-generated content and 2) search within portions of those user-generated content for particular sub-sections of interest. Furthermore, the metadata associated with the user-generated content would allow viewers to experience the same events that were recorded.

Only Time Will Tell

This seems like an organic move from the PS4 Share system but at a very accelerated pace. On a personal capacity, I am hopeful it finds its way into the final product. It does feel like the right direction and is officially on the things I need on my PS5 list along with backward compatibility.