“Method and apparatus for awarding trophies,” and describes how an emulated game could still trigger trophies “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.”
Furthermore, the description details how the technology will enable Sony to award trophies in “previously released or sold video games, without modifying the original game.” Essentially allowing for older games to be retrofitted with trophies that pre-date the feature – which was originally introduced with the Playstation 3.
Further, by far the most interesting part of the patent is a section which talks about physical rewards. For example, when describing the trophy awarding process, the PlayStation patent says the following:
“This may be done by transmitting an electronic trophy or sending a notification that a physical award, such as a T-shirt, accessory, or other physical merchandise, has been earned by the player.”
The mention of PlayStation game emulation will be of interest to many. Unconfirmed rumors have implied that the PS3, Vita, and PSP stores could be permanently closed within just a few months. This will potentially cut off access to many older games.
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