According to GamesRadar+, a new PlayStation patent could allow audiences to ‘kick’ players away from online games. Earlier this week, a patent titled ‘Spectators Vote to Bench Players in a Video Game’ was granted by the US patent office, after Sony filed a patent application in January 2020. The patent provides a voting system whereby spectators of an online game can vote to ‘kick’ an active player in the game they are following.
Patented PlayStation lets spectators ‘kick’ players
In addition, the patent also specifies that a notice will be provided to other players during the match, explaining that a player has been invited out of the playroom by the audience. It’s all done through a voting system, which is judged on the number of votes cast to ‘kick’ a particular player over the threshold, so there’s no way a spectator could’ kick’ whoever they want.
However, spectators may also have the option to alert a player. A chart is provided with the ‘Warn player to improve’ patent filing as an option that spectators can use to alert player behavior during a match, as well as provide information optional notices to be sent to players they deem fair play.
It is currently unclear whether the new PlayStation patent will be officially applied or not. Earlier this month, Sony also filed another patent specifically for PlayStation, detailing a system by which users can manually reset their internet bandwidth. This system can rapidly speed up download times for new games and updates.