PlayStation 5 Cloud Functionality Will Revolutionize Console Gaming

The Sony Playstation logo is seen at the Paris Games Week (PGW), a trade fair for video games in Paris
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Since the start of this current gaming console generation, the term Power of Cloud has become a buzzword. Microsoft first touted the term a few years ago at its E3 event when it was hyping about its proprietary cloud system. While Microsoft was unable to live up to expectations, it appears that the PlayStation 5 made cloud functionality an integral part of its overall performance.

Cloud Gaming has many forms which game developers sometimes use to deliver complex gameplay experiences on consoles but taking the load off the physical hardware. Other times, it is utilized in the form of code from a remote location so as not to involve any physical hardware. Sony's recent move of revamping PlayStation Now is an indication of the company's faith in the power of the cloud, and it could also be a preparation for another crucial functionality of the PlayStation 5.

Segment next reported that Sony is currently working on its very own cloud streaming through the revamped PlayStation Now. The Japanese gaming console giant has also filed several patents for different types of cloud functionalities. The patent suggests a device that allows players to use a controller to stream video games from the cloud.

It functions in the same way as the project xCloud and Google Stadia where users have the option to utilize a local device to link controllers and stream games from cloud-based servers. Sony also filed another patent which appears to be an improvement of the current build of the PlayStation Now. Interestingly, Sony's streaming service will enable players to record gameplay and share it with their friends.

At present, no video game streaming service has revealed how it plans to enable player interaction and engagement. These elements are a big part of online gaming, which means a good video gaming console must have the proper social interaction options. And, if the patent filings materialize, PlayStation 5 users might have this social interaction option.

The patent also suggests that Sony's next-generation gaming console, PlayStation 5, will continue the tradition of backing older PlayStation titles. This is seen in the pre-loading emulated applications of PlayStation Now that aim to enhance latency and lag issues. Both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 support classic games through PS Now and the same is expected from PlayStation 5.

Although Sony filed several patents in recent months, it should be noted that big companies usually file this kind of things all the time. Some of these patent filings come to fruition, and some remained as patents. The PlayStation 5 is expected to be released next year, so until Sony officially confirms these details, it will remain as a rumor or speculation.

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