81w ago - Today onQ123 has uncovered details on an interactive content patent that Sony has filed for an in-game advertising scheme presumably for PlayStation Network.
To quote from GamePlox.com (linked above): "Like That Free PSN? Better Get Used to Advertisements - Recently discovered on Google Patents, a patent that Sony Computer Entertainment America filed on November 10, 2011 shows that they plan to interrupt game play to bring advertisements.
The premise is like this: you’ll be enjoying your game, and then it will start to gradually slow down, until an advertisement pops-up on your screen telling you about some great offers, and then your game will resume."
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Ergh o_o, don't do this Sony. People will move to Xbox if you keep this up. The only reason why PS3 is better than Xbox is 'Blu-Ray movies' 'Uncharted Series' 'Free PSN'. Sony pay attention, the new Xbox will almost definatly be able to play Blu-Ray movies, so if you make the PS3/PS4/PSV have a fremium PSN say good bye to so many customers.
DC Universe Online does this to F2P & Premium players. It'll show an ad for in-game items from the marketplace. Mind you, it doesn't do this a lot. I've seen it maybe twice a week if that. You can quickly press circle to close the ad too. It's wastes maybe 3 seconds of your life so it's not a big deal.
Reading through the patent and it sounds as though it will only occur in online multiplayer games and will happen to all players simultaneously.
Just imagine playing COD or BF, lining up a target to frag then a warning or count down flashes up and gameplay begins to slow down, an advert is shown to everyone for a few seconds (maybe minutes, the patent doesn't indicate a minimum timeframe actually!) and then gameplay resumes as normal.
Would definitely frustrate me - frustrates me when there is a host migration, and that's there to improve the gameplay lol!