Sony Patents To Potentially Change ‘Cloud Based Legacy Applications’

Gaikai evolution?

This is an interesting bit of information that has surfaced recently. According to the US Patents & Trademarks Office Sony has registered a way in which games in the Cloud could possibly be altered to add new things to the game. The system has, at least unofficially, been dubbed PlayStation Remix by other outlets.

According to the patent, which was originally filed in March 2013 before being published a couple of days ago, there are two main ways in which this system could operate. The first is not a totally new tech but would allow users to take snapshots of ’emulated games.’

The second and far more interesting phrase in the patent is as follows:

“Finding new ways to play preexisting video games can increase the longevity of older games. Instead of replaying the same level or completing the same missions repeatedly, gamers often desire new challenges when replaying legacy games. In response to this need, game designers have begun to produce mini-games.

Within a mini-game, the gamer can be instructed to complete new objectives or challenge their friends for high scores in a format that was not originally designed into the legacy game.

Further, since the mini-game is derived from a legacy game, the gamer already knows the characters and basic components of the game, and is therefore more likely to play the mini-game.”

I assume legacy games refers to older PlayStation titles due to the reference of them being familiar to players already. This could all be linked to Gaikai streaming with developers being invited to change things in their old games, add trophies, leaderboards or new DLC. If this is the case then confirmation of such a service probably won’t be given until there is a more concrete launch date for Gaikai.

It would be interesting to see which developers would go back to past projects and introduce new elements, as that would take resources away from producing newer titles.

Source: USPTO via

8 Comments

  1. Sounds a lot like DLC to me!

    • Yep, but could also be a good way to get people to play the older games that they loved.

      • Yep thats what I was thinking! Nothing brings in the $$$ like a good helping of nostalgia :D

        Sonys being pretty pro active and innovative this gen it seems, remote play/streaming, VR headsets and now stuff like this :D

  2. Sounds like NES Remix to me…

  3. Awesome, I always wanted to play through Metal Gear Solid with Snake riding a Chocobo.

    On a serious note though, and sticking with a Final Fantasy theme: Maybe they could do things like extract the card game from FF VIII and have it as a standalone.

  4. I think as long as it’s not ridiculously priced this could be really good, I’d like to try killzone 2 with a CoD4 style arcade mode, racing against the clock and racking up those points!

  5. i watched some NES Remix footage and it seems a bit piece-meal from what i’ve seen. ie one challenge in DK is to jump over one barrel. Load up the next challenge to jump over two barrels, third challenge is suprise surprise jump over three barrels.
    But there are probably some sections of favourite games that i might enjoy revisiting as a challenge so i won’t dismiss it just yet, will see. Right now, i just want to see some new PS4 games.

  6. I’m not sure I understand the “remixing” of old games at all. Are they just gonna add Trophies as objectives?

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