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Sony patents method to award Trophies for old games through emulation

PlayStation trophies patent

It looks like Trophies may soon be coming to retro PlayStation games.

A patent spotted online describes a method for awarding Trophies in retro games through emulation. Here’s a description of the patent:

A computer-implemented method assigns one or more trophies to a user. A game is emulated in response to a request from a client device. A trophy trigger is detected during emulation of the game by comparing a memory value of the emulated game to a predetermined value and assigning the one or more trophies to the user based on the detected trophy trigger.

The patent was filed on November 30, 2020. The applicant is Sony Interactive Entertainment. The inventors are listed as Timothy Lindquist, George Weising, Geoffrey Piers Robert Norton, Jacob P. Stine, Dmitri Tolstov, and Takayuki Kazama.

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Trophies first appeared in PlayStation 3 games as Sony’s take on the Xbox 360’s Achievements. Interestingly, they actually weren’t included at the console’s launch. They were added later via an update.

My Take

This doesn’t mean that trophies are coming to original PlayStation and PS2 games through emulation on PS4, PS5, or PlayStation Now. Patents get filed all the time and they don’t necessarily become a reality. However, it looks like Sony is seriously considering it. If they did manage to make it work, it would certainly be a welcome addition.