Electronics giant Sony has filed a patent that describes the use of NFT (non-fungible token) and blockchain technology to track the history of in-game digital assets. The application describes the use of this technology to record the history of modifications and ownership of digital assets from a given game.
Sony may use blockchain to track in-game items
Sony has filed a patent for the use of NFT technology and a decentralized ledger to record the movements and changes that occur with in-game digital assets. Titled “Tracking Unique Game Digital Assets with Tokens in a Distributed Ledger,” the filing, submitted in July 2021, describes a system that creates a token to track the history of each of these assets in a given environment.
According to the description, each of the actions a player performs on an item will be tracked, including transactions and modifications to its structure. In this way, the company can collect information about what actions players most often perform with what items and how often.
The patent also mentions “video game digital media assets representing video game gameplay moments, such as video clips or images”, allowing users to create their own NFT moments for trading. They will also be tracked by the proposed system.
NFT moment market
These moments created from in-game video or images will be treated as media products and consist of important interactions that can be classified according to their rarity. For example, the application explains that videos of important tournaments and achievement moments can be sold and classified according to an AI-based system.
Although the patent was filed last year, the company has not yet reported on the use of this or a similar system and has not launched a marketplace for the aforementioned points.
The use of NFT for gaming applications has been negatively received by some parts of the gaming community, who criticize it for several reasons, including the perceived waste of energy and stability issues. However, Sony has previously teamed up with other companies to use NFT. In May, the company partnered with Theta Labs to use 3D NFT to showcase the capabilities of its SDR tablet.
In addition, in May 2021, Sony filed a patent allowing betting with bitcoin on its Playstation series consoles.
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