It looks like Sony is getting ready to give the PlayStation UI a big overhaul with the PS5.
Despite launching in just a few months time, not a lot is known about the system software running the device.
We don’t know what will happen with PS Plus, what the menu screens will look like and how easy it is to create and join online parties, for example.
However, if a recent Sony patent is anything to go by, one thing we may see is a personalised news and content feed for every user.
According to an article on TGP, the news and content feed could operate similarly to Facebook and Google, with tailored content based on internet searches and the likes.
“Embodiments of the present invention include systems and methods for providing targeted gaming news and content feeds,” reads the Sony patent.
“Information about an interaction by a user with an interactive content title and a plurality of interactive content titles may be stored in memory.
“Such information may be analysed to identify one or more keywords that characterize the user interaction with the interactive content title. Media stored in a database may be filtered based on the identified keywords and displayed within a targeted media feed on a user device of the user.
“The displayed targeted media may be updated based on new information regarding user interaction with the interactive content title.”
The use of a targeted news and content feed should make it easier to discover new releases and gaming info that you might normally miss.
Sony’s next-gen console will support 8K resolution, ray-tracing technology and have much faster loading times.
The speedy (or non-existent) loading times are possible thanks to the specialised solid-state drive, which will make a huge difference to processing speeds.
In Spider-Man on a PS4 Pro, for example, it can take upwards of 15 seconds to fast travel from one location to another. The PS5, on the other hand, will be able to handle the same task in less than a second.
Worlds can also be rendered at far greater speeds, which should inject more pace into games.
Sony will undoubtedly put the technology to good use during the upcoming Spider-Man: Miles Morales spinoff.
The game was announced alongside approximately two dozen others during Sony’s Future of Gaming PS5 reveal event.
Sony would also announce a Horizon Zero Dawn sequel, as well as a brand new game in the Ratchet and Clank saga.
The long-rumoured Demon’s Souls remake was also announced during the event, with development duties handed over to Bluepoint.
Resident Evil 8 – or Resident Evil Village to use its proper name – was arguably the most impressive game of the lot, although fans won’t be able to play it until 2021.