Patents by Inventor Maurizio CERRATO

Maurizio CERRATO has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20220148253
    Abstract: An image rendering system for generating one or more images of a virtual environment, the system comprising an object identifying unit operable to identify one or more objects in the virtual environment, and to identify one or more rendering parameters associated with each object, and a rendering unit operable to render an image comprising one or more of the identified objects in accordance with the corresponding rendering parameter, wherein the rendering parameter specifies a respective minimum level of detail with which the object is to be rendered.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2021
    Publication date: May 12, 2022
    Applicant: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew William Sanders, Maurizio Cerrato, Patrick John Connor, Mark Jacobus Breugelmans, Jessica Rose Grant
  • Publication number: 20220068014
    Abstract: An image rendering instruction generation system includes an object identification unit operable to identify one or more objects for rendering in a virtual scene, a shader identification unit operable to identify a shader for rendering the identified objects, wherein the shader comprises two or more shading processes corresponding to different levels of detail, a draw call generation unit operable to generate a draw call comprising the identified shader, and a draw call output unit operable to provide the generated draw call to an image rendering system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2021
    Publication date: March 3, 2022
    Applicant: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Maurizio Cerrato, Matthew William Sanders, Patrick John Connor, Mark Jacobus Breugelmans, Jessica Rose Grant
  • Publication number: 20220005256
    Abstract: A method of rendering an image includes generating a virtual scene comprising a set of virtual resources, the virtual resources being virtual objects and/or virtual light sources; pre-processing the virtual scene by ray-tracing with respect to a virtual camera position to detect one or more virtual resources not required for ray-tracing rendering of at least an aspect of rendering the image; and rendering the image by a ray-tracing process from the virtual camera position, the ray-tracing process being configured to omit ray-tracing for at least a given aspect of the image, with respect to the one or more virtual resources not required for ray-tracing rendering of at least the given aspect of the image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2021
    Publication date: January 6, 2022
    Applicant: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Colin Jonathan Hughes, Maurizio Cerrato
  • Patent number: 11189096
    Abstract: A method of generating a data set includes determining a vertex count of a reference polygonal mesh, generating a second polygonal mesh by adding a predetermined number of vertices to the reference polygonal mesh, comparing a representation of the second polygonal mesh with a representation of the reference polygonal mesh, assigning a first value of a quality parameter to the reference polygonal mesh, and assigning a second value of the quality parameter to the second polygonal mesh based on the comparison of the representations, the value of the quality parameter for a given polygonal mesh indicative of a degree of difference between a representation of the given polygonal mesh and a representation of the reference polygonal mesh, and generating the data set comprising data indicative of a vertex count for the reference and second polygonal meshes and a value of a quality parameters for the reference and second polygonal meshes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Fabio Cappello, Maurizio Cerrato, Rosario Leonardi
  • Publication number: 20210279958
    Abstract: An image generation system comprising a bounding volume hierarchy, BVH, storage unit operable to store a BVH comprising a hierarchical structure of a plurality of triangles describing a virtual scene, a BVH position buffer operable to store data for identifying the location of one or more triangles within the BVH, and a fetch shader operable to identify vertex indices for use in rendering images, to obtain one or more triangles within the BVH corresponding to those vertex indices, and to provide vertex data corresponding to those triangles to a vertex shader operable to perform a vertex shading process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2021
    Publication date: September 9, 2021
    Applicant: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Colin Jonathan Hughes, Maurizio Cerrato
  • Publication number: 20210183146
    Abstract: A system for modifying data representing a virtual environment includes: an environment navigation unit operable to control navigation within the virtual environment to generate one or more viewpoints within the virtual environment, an environment identification unit operable to identify one or more aspects of the geometry of the virtual environment visible in the one or more viewpoints, a geometry evaluation unit operable to evaluate the visibility of one or more aspects of the geometry based upon the identification for each of one or more viewpoints, and a data modification unit operable to modify one or more elements of data representing the virtual environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2020
    Publication date: June 17, 2021
    Applicant: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Fabio Cappello, Maurizio Cerrato, Rosario Leonardi, Gregory James Bedwell, Nigel John Williams
  • Publication number: 20210001216
    Abstract: A method of generating video frames for a cloud-based video game includes obtaining, via a communications network, a plurality of frames of a video game rendered at a cloud device; obtaining a player input received at an input device, the input device being used to play the video game, the player input being received in response to the display of at least one of the obtained video frames; inputting at least one of the obtained video frames and the player input to a prediction model; and synthesizing, based on the output of the prediction model, a subsequent frame for output at a display, and outputting the synthesized video frame at the display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2020
    Publication date: January 7, 2021
    Applicant: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew William Sanders, Fabio Cappello, Timothy Bradley, Jessica Rose Grant, Maurizio Cerrato
  • Publication number: 20200349764
    Abstract: A method of generating a data set includes determining a vertex count of a reference polygonal mesh, generating a second polygonal mesh by adding a predetermined number of vertices to the reference polygonal mesh, comparing a representation of the second polygonal mesh with a representation of the reference polygonal mesh, assigning a first value of a quality parameter to the reference polygonal mesh, and assigning a second value of the quality parameter to the second polygonal mesh based on the comparison of the representations, the value of the quality parameter for a given polygonal mesh indicative of a degree of difference between a representation of the given polygonal mesh and a representation of the reference polygonal mesh, and generating the data set comprising data indicative of a vertex count for the reference and second polygonal meshes and a value of a quality parameters for the reference and second polygonal meshes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2020
    Publication date: November 5, 2020
    Applicant: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Fabio Cappello, Maurizio Cerrato, Rosario Leonardi
  • Publication number: 20200238166
    Abstract: An entertainment system includes a two-handed controller comprising corresponding controls in each of opposing halves of the controller, a first of the corresponding controls in each half providing input in at least two dimensions and a second of the corresponding controls in each half providing input in at least one dimension; and an entertainment device comprising a receiver adapted to receive control input signals from the two-handed controller, and adapted to operate in a first mode where the received control input signals from the controller are interpreted according to an asymmetric control assignment, and to operate in a second mode where control input signals from the first and second controls for a respective half of the controller are used to control the position of a respective virtual limb in three dimensions within a virtual environment provided by the entertainment device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Applicant: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Tony MUNSON, Maurizio CERRATO, Douglas EALEY