Sony has recently published a patent that reveals that the entertainment company has succeeded in programming artificial intelligence to allow users to customize their video game characters. Their new AI program learns based on traits personal to each user gathered from the player’s gaming profile.
The program works by assigning a default game-play profile to the user that includes a playing style that simulates how humans would usually play the game. The profile learns to automate the game-playing process according to the specific playing style of the user.
The program also monitors a set of gameplays to adapt the default gaming style to the unique gaming preferences of the user. Once the program has learned the user play style, the AI can control the instance of the first gaming application to essentially automate the playing process to assist the user during play.
This assisted game-play approach aims to enable users to control their own AI characters to support their gaming experience. Sony believes that such an AI could help players achieve game objectives that they usually find too challenging to complete independently. Thus, the AI character can play as the human player, using the human player’s personalized gaming style to achieve obstacles while the user might be busy with other tasks.
Sony hopes to ease users into the process by creating a customized gaming profile unique to the user. Thus, the human players will trust an AI to finish parts of the game on their behalf using both single-player and multiplayer modes.
Sony has also accepted the possibility that the AI character might get stuck on particular tasks in the game. To resolve this, they have provided the program with online informational guides to seek assistance automatically. However, the automated program will not step in without the user’s knowledge and permission.
The new AI program resembles many other systems Sony patented last year, including gaming assistants for PS 5. These systems include an audio assistant to support users in completing objectives and a Cortana-like chatbot to process voice commands based on user intent.