According to a new patent application by Sony, blockchain technology may be used in the company’s products in the future. The patent specifically identifies a system and method for tracking “digital assets,” and employs language used in connection with blockchain-related goods like NFTs.
The patent’s description describes digital assets as in-game objects like characters that are used in video games. Interestingly, it also includes digital content like screenshots and trailers for games.
“A unique token for the digital asset includes a unique identifier and metadata describing features of the digital asset. “Additionally, a request to update the history can identify changes to a digital asset’s attributes, such as ownership, visual appearance, or metadata,” says Sony.
Digital collectibles are already available from Sony as a part of its recently introduced PlayStation Stars program. The manufacturer of the PlayStation was keen to point out that these products were not NFTs prior to the program’s launch.
Whether or not Sony considers the PlayStation Stars collectibles as such, they appear to be the starting point for a potentially larger exploration into blockchain.
Will Playstation NFTs ever exist?
For now, we can’t say whether NFTs will ever be used in Sony’s video games. Though it is clear that the electronics company is moving in that way.
People are undoubtedly talking about the ability to trace the history of digital assets from player to player. Notably, Sony is responsible for some of the most well-known games, like Uncharted, God of War, Bloodborne, The Last of Us, and others.
So, if Sony decides to implement these plans, they would be able to test them on high-quality titles. But the question that remains now is whether this is something video gamers want?