Electronic Arts is one of the giants of the industry and, despite having faced a great controversy in 2017 related to the micropayments included in its video games, the truth is that today it continues to be a pillar of the sector. That is why the movements carried out by this company are scrutinized, which has led to the discovery of a new patent with which EA would be seeking to allow players to instantly start a new game, without the need to download.
EA, its patent and streaming technology
EA has filed a new patent entitled Dynamic Streaming Video Game Client, which in Spanish would be translated as: Dynamic streaming video game client. To consult the content of this patent, we simply have to go to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, where it appears that this registration was approved on February 16. In the documents, it can be seen that the company would use streaming technology to eliminate the waiting time when starting a new video game.
How would this system work? A user tries to start a new game that they have never installed before; the request is sent to an online server. This server then instantly streams the game directly to the player’s device. If the server determines that the resources available to the local device are sufficient to allow the user to simultaneously download a local copy of the streamed game, it will initiate the download.
In this way, once this download is complete, the server seamlessly transfers control of the game from the streamed version available on the server, directly to the local device. This mechanism would allow players to launch new titles instantly, without having to go through the download or installation process.
However, as in the world of patents, this registration does not mean that this technology will become a reality. In addition, Electronic Arts has a certain tendency to register all kinds of patents: recently we could also read that it had registered one for the creation of scenarios in video games using neural networks.