Sony Files Patent for Gaming NFTs


May 16, 2023


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Sony has filed a patent application to track in-game digital assets using blockchain technology, specifically NFTs. All affiliated gamers will have access to a wide variety of exclusive in-game items thanks to this patent, including memorabilia from numerous sports legends and esports stars. Sony is certain that having this choice available to sports enthusiasts will make them ecstatic.

Sony, a Japanese multinational technology firm best known for its PlayStation game consoles, cites two factors: the attractiveness of gaming on a global scale and consumers' desire to acquire unique things associated with their favorite personalities, hobbies, and esports tournament winners.

The application further revealed that Sony planned to use a distributed ledger, or blockchain, to store digital media assets, gameplay, and video clips. The digital items will also include a specific token with a unique identification and information that will define the characteristics of the digital asset.

Even though it's just a patent filing, Sony is clearly interested in getting a piece of the growing NFT gaming business. STEPN, The Sandbox, Alien Worlds, and Axie Infinity are a handful of the most well-known NFT games, also known as play-to-earn games.

According to Sony, "changes to the digital asset's properties, such as ownership, visual appearance, or metadata, can be identified." To track the changes to the digital asset's past, "a new block can be generated and uploaded to the distributed ledger."

This patent demonstrates that Sony's interest in NFTs is not new. In May 2022, a series of 3D NFTs that Sony and Theta Labs worked on together will be available. On the Sony Spatial Reality Display tablet-style device, you can see the limited-edition NFT collection.