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The next PlayStation could have a new 'PlayStation Assist' feature that automatically gives you tips while you play

Kevin Webb , Business Insider US
 Oct 02, 2019, 06:03 PM
PlayStation 5 details are emerging.
  • New patents filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization have revealed a new feature that Sony is developing for its PlayStation video game consoles.
  • PlayStation Assist is a new application that will give players tips by taking advantage of user data and artificial intelligence.
  • The AI program will be able to detect a player's progress and provide specific advice based on their request.
  • The software will run on as a separate application, and its not clear if it's designed for the PlayStation 4, or the new PlayStation console expected to launch next year.
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Sony is working on a new software called PlayStation Assist that will make use of artificial intelligence and user data to provide players with tips and strategy. The feature was detailed in recent patent filings with the World Intellectual Property Organization, even as fans eagerly await details on the next PlayStation console.

Much like Amazon's Alexa and other virtual assistants, the PlayStation Assist feature will be a voice-activated feature using a wake word like "Hey PlayStation." Players will also be able to ask PlayStation Assist for help with specific things in the game like "How do I kill this dragon?"

According to the patent, that question would prompt the program would automatically detect a player's progress, identify the dragon in question, then offer tips, information or even full guides on how to beat it. The software can also be used to display important information while playing.

The PlayStation Assist software will be available on phones and other devices, so it's not clear if it's intended for the current PlayStation 4, or for the upcoming PlayStation 5, which is expected to launch during the 2020 holiday season.

Google teased a similar function for its video game streaming platform Stadia earlier this year that would allow players to find helpful information with Google Assistant. That feature wont be included in Stadia's November launch though, and Google has gone months without offering new information on the feature.

Sony hasn't confirmed the name of its next PlayStation console, but it's already unveiled quite a few of its features, including a solid state hard drive for faster loading, 8K graphics with ray tracing technology, and an enhanced rest mode.

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