The patent description explains how the technology will allow Sony to award trophies in “video games already released or sold, without modifying the original game”. Essentially, this could allow older titles to be modernized with trophies, so players can earn them in games that predate the feature, which was introduced with the Playstation 3.
It also mentions how the system would perform validity checks on the code of older games to determine if the criteria have been met to award trophies to players, by tracking in-game disc access and monitoring channels and channels. frames. He also mentions cloud computing, suggesting that this technology could interface with the PlayStation Now service.
One of the coolest parts of the patent is a section that talks about physical rewards. Describing the process for awarding the trophies, the patent says the following: “This can be done by transmitting an electronic trophy or by sending a notification that a physical award, such as a t-shirt, accessory or another physical commodity, has been won by the player. “
This isn’t the first time Sony has filed a patent for this sort of thing – as early as 2013 we saw patents that could add trophies to PS1 and PS2 games, although these are specifically intended for disc games. Since this technology never saw the light of day, it may be that this new repository is simply an update of this original idea. As always, patents don’t necessarily mean a feature is on the way, but give us a glimpse of what companies are planning behind the scenes.
In itself, the mention of PlayStation game emulation will be of great interest, after unconfirmed rumors suggested that the PS3, Vita, and PSP stores could be closed for good in a few months, potentially cutting off access to many older games.
In other PlayStation news, Sony recently acquired the Evolution Champion Series, the world’s largest fighting games tournament. We also learned that the creator of Assassin’s Creed Jade Raymond to create new game for PlayStation, and got a first look at the all-new PSVR 2 controllers.
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