Sony Interactive Entertainment has been granted a patent that outlines a non-fungible token (NFT) system for transferring and using digital content between gaming platforms. According to the patent, the current systems do not allow NFT owners to use them across different platforms and games. Sony's new approach aims to solve this issue by making it easier to move digital products between different gaming platforms. The patent also includes support for selling NFTs to other participants, a feature enabled through a marketplace with a digital ledger that displays prices to the public.
The patent suggests that NFTs could be used instead of artwork for game elements such as characters and weapons. However, current technology limits users' ability to use these assets across different games and platforms. This could have a significant impact on the gaming industry by enabling players to trade digital goods between different platforms and games safely, while also providing game developers with a way to make money from in-game items.
It is worth noting that the existence of the patent does not guarantee its use. Sony Interactive Entertainment sends in around a thousand patent applications every year for games research and development. However, it shows that Sony is still interested in NFTs and blockchain technology and is continually looking for new ways to improve the gaming experience for its users.