PlayStation may be exploring NFT and blockchain technology

Patent details filed by Sony Interactive Entertainment suggest that parent company PlayStation may be interested in implementing NFT and blockchain technology on its platform. The patent title is “The Only In-Game Digital Asset Tracking Using Tokens on a Distributed Ledger,” as reported by Chronicles of video games.

The patent details a system where the history of a single item in the game is tracked using blockchain technology, including details about who created the item, who owned the item in the past and whether the item was modified in the process.

In the background, Sony compares the digital assets in question to sports memorabilia, stating that “individuals often find the possession or use of unique physical items associated with well-respected people or activities are significant.”

The patent suggests that fans may want to collect in-game items owned or created by prominent e-sports players or game influencers, say the data tracked can indicate whether an item is an item used by a player to win a major game tournament, for example. The patent also covers transferring items between games and even across platforms.

“The techniques and technologies described here extend the functionality of digital content associated with video games and of such digital content creation and management systems, by monitoring history of digital content”, the description concludes.

Sony’s games division so far hasn’t had much to add to the conversation around NFT in games, although when it announced PlayStation Stars digital collection program Earlier this year, a spokesperson clarified that the program “does not leverage any blockchain technology and is certainly not NFT.”

While SIE has not announced anything publicly about the patent, several other Sony divisions have released their own NFT–such as Spider-Man’s NFT campaign to fans who have pre-purchased tickets to see Spider-Man: No Way Home.

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