Sony Patent to Interrupt Your Game for Commercial Breaks
As CVG reports, the patent says it would give players a warning message right before interrupting play, when it would show an ad. Then it would “rewind” a chunk of the gameplay — presumably the part where you were viciously eviscerated by whatever enemy you were about to fight before Sony asked you if you’d like to go buy some Doritos.
That could make for an interesting dichotomy. On the one hand, I can think of exactly zero gamers who would be appreciative of ads interrupting gameplay. The very idea of it is kind of ridiculous. On the other hand, the ability to opt in to ad-subsidized free-to-play titles could be very interesting and open up console gaming to more avenues that PC gamers enjoy, specifically in the MMO department. And that might mean larger gaming communities, because presumably, PS3 players could interact with PC players in those MMOs.
I dunno, I’m getting a little out there with my speculation. Hopefully Sony has the brains to realize that there will need to be a big trade-off of positives to outweigh the negatives of pop-up advertising ruining video games.