EA wants to allow players to play games as soon as they download them. Users should be able to start the game almost immediately and start playing while it downloads in the background. After the download is complete, the streamed version should automatically switch to the local version without interruption.
The U.S. Patent Office of EA complied and approved the patent on February 16, to study them here. It will be interesting to see if it stays with the patent or if EA applies it (to which games and which platforms?) And actually uses it.
We will also monitor whether this will have any impact on other companies and their similar solutions. For example, Blizzard’s desktop client also allows you to download only part of the data, then start the game and tighten the remaining data in the background while playing. Putting a patent into practice would be desirable, because not only are the games bigger and bigger, no one is tired of waiting tens of minutes or sometimes several hours to download them.
Source: Games by games.tiscali.cz.
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