Patents Assigned to Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
  • Patent number: 10981053
    Abstract: This vibration control apparatus receives a vibration instruction for vibrating a vibration device and vibrates the vibration device according to contents in which contents of the received vibration instruction are corrected in accordance with information regarding an operating condition of the vibration device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Yusuke Nakagawa, Ikuo Yamano
  • Patent number: 10981055
    Abstract: Methods and systems for using a position of a mobile device with an integrated display as an input to a video game or other presentation are presented. Embodiments include rendering an avatar on a mobile device such that it appears to overlay a competing user in the real world. Using the mobile device's position, view direction, and the other user's mobile device position, an avatar (or vehicle, etc.) is depicted at an apparently inertially stabilized location of the other user's mobile device or body. Some embodiments may estimate the other user's head and body positions and angles and reflect them in the avatar's gestures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey R. Stafford, Yunpeng Zhu, Steven Osman
  • Patent number: 10985988
    Abstract: Profile generation for bandwidth management is provided. A content provider receive a notification regarding a new application or media file. Profile information for the application or media file is determined. Such profile information includes information regarding consumption of bandwidth throughout a time period of usage of the application or media file. The profile may be stored in memory in association with the application or media file. A request is received from a user device regarding access to the application or media file. Access to the requested application or media is provided to the user device; the profile is also provided to the user device for use in evaluating whether bandwidth requirements of the application or media file exceeds an available network bandwidth of a network of the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventor: Gregory Corson
  • Patent number: 10983607
    Abstract: To provide an information output system and an information output method capable of providing appropriate information for the user's current situation. The operation device comprises a state detection section for detecting a posture of the operation device, and a state information transmission section for transmitting state information to a home-use computer based on the state detected by the state detection section. The home-use computer outputs information depending on the state information transmitted by the state information transmission section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventor: Ken Kutaragi
  • Patent number: 10974148
    Abstract: As a user guide, the state of overlooking a real space including an imaging device and a user is presented by one of two images: an image in reference to the position of the imaging device, or an image in reference to the user's direction. In both images, a rectangle indicative of the imaging device and a circle representative of the user are presented in a manner reflecting the actual positional relations and directions involved. Also presented are an area denoting a play area in the horizontal direction determined by a camera angle of view for example, and an arrow pointing to the direction in which the user is to move.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Shoichi Ikenoue, Tatsuo Tsuchie, Tetsugo Inada, Masaki Uchida, Hirofumi Okamoto
  • Patent number: 10977872
    Abstract: Graphical style modification may be implemented using machine learning. A color accommodation module receives an image frame from a host system and generates a color-adapted version of the image frame. A Graphical Style Modification module receives a first image frame from a host system and applies a style adapted from a second image frame to the first image frame to generate a style adapted first image frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Sudha Krishnamurthy, Ashish Singh, Naveen Kumar, Justice Adams, Arindam Jati, Masanori Omote
  • Patent number: 10974147
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for selecting viewports into a game. One example method for presenting viewports into a game to a spectator user is provided. The method includes identifying a plurality of virtual cameras for providing viewports into the game. The method includes accessing a playbook of the spectator user. The playbook stored in association with a profile of the spectator user. The playbook identifies performance attributes of the spectator user in relation to one or more game features of the game. The method includes accessing event data for the game as the game is played live. The method includes generating a switchboard interface for the spectator user including a plurality of viewports providing views into the game. The plurality of viewports is dynamically selected for inclusion into the switchboard interface based on processing the event data and the playbook of the spectator user through a machine learning model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Mario M. Sarria, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10974459
    Abstract: A flood-fill method for parallel implementation includes the steps of receiving an image including first elements having a flood fill source colour to be replaced with a flood fill target colour, and second elements not having the flood fill source colour; dividing the image according to a hierarchical space-partitioning scheme to form cells at a plurality of levels in the hierarchy; detecting the occupancy of each cell by second elements; for any cell having no occupancy by second elements, set a depth elevation value for child cells of that cell to be one greater than the value for that cell, indicating that the flood fill shall navigate levels towards a root cell by the depth elevation amount of a cell whilst only occupying nodes without any second elements, thereby reaching the largest parent cell which can be flood-filled; and filling the flood fill source colour of cells having no occupancy by second elements with the flood fill target colour, thereby modifying the received image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Keith John Withey, Andrew James Bigos
  • Patent number: 10974142
    Abstract: A method is disclosed including setting, at a server, a server VSYNC signal to a server VSYNC frequency. The server VSYNC signal corresponding to generation of video frames during frame periods for the server VSYNC frequency. The method including setting, at a client, a client VSYNC signal to a client VSYNC frequency. The method including sending compressed video frames from the server to the client over a network using the server VSYNC signal, wherein the compressed video frames are based on the generated video frames. The method including decoding and displaying, at the client, the compressed video frames. The method including analyzing the timing of one or more client operations to adjust the relative timing between the server VSYNC signal and the client VSYNC signal, as the client receives the compressed video frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Mark E. Cerny, Kelvin M. Yong
  • Patent number: 10973459
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a head-mounted apparatus, including: an optical sensor having a contact face for contacting with the head of a user; a supporting unit disposed around the optical sensor and configured to contact with the head of the user; and a sensor supporting mechanism configured to support the optical sensor so as to permit a movement of the optical sensor in a contact direction that is a direction perpendicular to the contact face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Toru Kuronuma, Toshihiro Kusunoki, Hirohito Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10971115
    Abstract: A foveated rendering system for modifying content to be displayed includes a user profile obtaining unit operable to obtain a user profile comprising information about head motion and eye motion for a user, and a foveated rendering unit operable to apply a foveated rendering process to the content to be displayed in dependence upon obtained user profile information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew William Sanders, Nigel John Williams, Richard James Forster, Andrew William Walker, Jessica Rose Grant
  • Patent number: 10967268
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus is provided in which, if a plurality of users alternately use manipulation devices, who is to execute a manipulation input through which manipulation device can be guided in an easy-to-understand manner. An information processing apparatus connected with a plurality of manipulation devices to receive manipulation inputs from a plurality of users is configured to hold allocation information for allocating each of the plurality of manipulation devices to each of the plurality of users and display, on a screen of a display apparatus, a guide image including information for identifying a user before change and information for identifying a user after change if, in the allocation information, a user to whom any one of the plurality of manipulation devices is allocated is changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Akitsugu Tsuchiya, Yoshihiko Suwa, Tomohiro Ogawa
  • Patent number: 10967262
    Abstract: When an acquisition unit acquires image data of a game being played on another information processing apparatus, a display processing unit displays, using the acquired image data, an image of game play. A participation processing unit allows a user to join the game being played on the other information processing apparatus, and an execution unit activates game software after it is determined that the user joins the game. While the execution unit is activating the game software, the display processing unit continues to display the image of the game play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Kenichi Imai, Shigeru Enomoto, Hiroshi Saito, Toshimasa Aoki, Satoshi Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 10967254
    Abstract: A controller add-on system includes a housing that mechanically couples to a game controller body. A conformable surface of the housing is configured to conform with a bottom of the body of the game controller. A plurality of buttons coupled to the housing are located opposite the conformable surface. A controller interface coupled to the housing is configured to communicatively couple to the plurality of buttons to the game controller. Buttons on the add-on may be mapped to controller buttons using customized button mapping pre-sets. A button mapping may indicate that a selected preset is to be hidden during a switching operation Upon receiving a switching operation input, the selected pre-set is skipped during the switching operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Glenn Black, Tomas Bruckbock, Arthur Kwun
  • Patent number: 10967253
    Abstract: An operating device includes a movable part capable of moving between a first position and a second position, with the movable part being capable of operation by the finger of the user gripping the operating device. The operating device includes a regulating part that regulates a range in which the movable part can move, and a control part that determines the amount of regulation in which the movable part can move and provides the regulating part with an instruction to regulate the range in which the movable part can move according to the amount of regulation which has been determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Yusuke Nakagawa, Ikuo Yamano, Shinichi Hirata, Yuichi Machida, Yoichi Nishimaki
  • Patent number: 10969591
    Abstract: A transmitting and receiving section receives an image rendered on the basis of a position or an orientation of a head mounted display at a first time together with information regarding the position or the orientation at the first time. A correction section corrects the image by acquiring information regarding a position or an orientation of the head mounted display at a second time of displaying the image, translating or rotationally moving a visual field of the head mounted display in a screen coordinate system in response to a difference between the position or the orientation at the first time and the position or the orientation at the second time, and pasting the image on the translated or rotationally moved visual field as a texture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Nobuyuki Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10970540
    Abstract: A method includes identifying a real-world object in a scene viewed by a camera of a user device, matching the real-world object with a tagged object based at least in part on image recognition and a sharing setting of the tagged object, the tagged object having been tagged with a content item, providing a notification to a user of the user device that the content item is associated with the real-world object, receiving a request from the user for the content item, and providing the content item to the user. A computer readable storage medium stores one or more computer programs, and an apparatus includes a processor-based device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Glenn Black
  • Patent number: 10969867
    Abstract: An information processing system includes a controller device to be fastened to a user's hand and an information processing apparatus that is connected to the controller device to exchange information with the controller device. The controller device includes a vibrating element causing a housing of the controller device to vibrate, receives information indicating a vibration intensity of the vibrating element, and acquires information related to a contact area between the controller device and the user's hand so as to cause the vibrating element to vibrate. Also, the controller device or the information processing apparatus corrects information indicating the vibration intensity on a basis of information acquired by acquisition means of the controller device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Yusuke Nakagawa, Ikuo Yamano
  • Patent number: 10967273
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus provide for: receiving inputs at at least one server from a controller over an internet connection; using the inputs in a processing system to produce data based thereon representing desired operations by a user of the controller; and transmitting the data from the service provider server system back over the internet connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Mariko Hino, Satoshi Hashimoto, Ken Kutaragi
  • Publication number: 20210097734
    Abstract: A system for generating images for display, the system comprising a content identification unit operable to identify content to be displayed, an overlay identification unit operable to identify an overlay to be applied to at least a portion of the content to be displayed, a rasterization rate determining unit operable to determine, in dependence upon the identified overlay, a rasterization rate to be applied to each of two or more areas of at least a frame of the content to be displayed, a rendering unit operable to render the content to be displayed in accordance with the determined rasterization rates, and an overlay applying unit operable to generate an image by applying the overlay to the rendered image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2020
    Publication date: April 1, 2021
    Applicant: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Philip Cockram