Sony Files Patent for NFT Framework in Gaming
Sony Interactive Entertainment, the company behind PlayStation, has filed a patent for a framework that allows users to transfer and use non-fungible tokens (NFTs) across multiple game platforms.
Sony has shown its interest in crypto over the years with numerous partnerships and trademark registrations. Now, it is adding NFTs into its gaming ecosystem. The NFT framework aims to integrate the technology into gameplay, where it can represent skins and other popular in-game functionalities.
NFT framework for transferring and using digital assets between game platforms
The patent, titled “NFT framework for transferring and using digital assets between game platforms,” aims to provide a responsive framework for the use of NFTs across multiple computer simulations and/or different computer simulation platforms.
This means that once the NFT is provided to the first end-user entity, the digital asset can be used across multiple computer simulations and/or platforms via the NFT. Moreover, the NFT’s ownership can be transferred to other end-user entities for use across different simulations and platforms.
NFTs in gameplay
The NFT framework aims to integrate NFTs into gameplay, where the technology can represent skins and other popular in-game functionalities. Once implemented, PlayStation 5 users will be able to experience NFT use cases via mainstream gaming titles. As of December 2022, the total number of active users on the PlayStation Network worldwide was 112 million, which continues to grow year-on-year.
Successful games and gameFi
According to Peter Bergstrom, a former Age of Empires producer, successful game design is not black and white, and gamers don’t care about the technology behind a good game.
He believes that GameFi is about adding a new dimension of compelling gameplay to Web2 games. Crypto entrepreneurs must incorporate “blockchain, NFTs, play and earn, AI, G5, or whatever to make a better game, and gamers will buy,” he added.
With the rise of NFTs and blockchain gaming, Sony’s new patent for an NFT framework is another example of how traditional gaming companies are embracing new technologies.
This move could further solidify NFTs’ role in gaming and pave the way for more mainstream adoption. However, successful game design goes beyond incorporating new technologies. It ultimately lies in creating compelling gameplay that keeps gamers engaged and coming back for more.