A part of the patent application reads, “The window can be pinned to the GUI, and user control can automatically switch to another application.”
Sony has just filed a new patent relating to the PS5’s user interface, as first reported by OPAttack earlier today. According to the initial source, Sony is working on a feature that will allow users to access other apps without having to leave the game they’re presently playing.
Obviously, it goes without saying that this patent merely outlines a possible feature for a Sony-produced console in the future, and doesn’t guarantee anything concrete will come of it. Right now, the PS5 allows users to switch between games and apps with the “Switcher” feature pinned to the console’s task bar, but this proposed feature could introduce more layers to the existing structure.
As the original report from OPAttack points out, the Xbox One originally utilized a feature like this to stream TV and music through the special Snap system, but was ultimately discontinued due to RAM issues with the base console. Let’s hope – if this feature becomes a reality – that Sony’s console has enough RAM to handle the workload.