The Future of PlayStation and Making Trophies Even Better

The Future of PlayStationWhat is the future of PlayStation?

Let me peer into this cloudy orb – you might call it Orbis – and try to divine the future.

Oh wait! We’ll find out tomorrow.

In the meantime, I thought of five changes to trophies that I’d like to see in a future PlayStation:

1. Less multiplayer trophies

This is a small change.

I like to sink my teeth into single player games and take time to digest all they offer. I don’t spend much time with multiplayer and can’t afford hundreds of hours to get those rare trophies. The Uncharted series did a good job here: I only had to earn one or two multiplayer trophies.

2. Jump to a trophy you just earned

So you slash your way through a game when something pops up on the screen. You adjust your geeky glasses, held together with tape, and squint at the screen.

“You earned a trophy: Great Job!”

What does that mean?

I’d like to tap a button to find out the details right away. I’m talking about light speed here. I want to know why I got a trophy.

3. More platinum trophies

I wish every game had a platinum trophy. Yes, that would include small PSN games. The platinum trophy is a fun reason to dust off an old game and replay it after you’ve beaten it to death.

4. Bonus rewards for unlocking trophies

You unlocked a trophy! Your eyes light up and sparkle like a diamond when you see it.

Now, imagine if you could unlock some cool weapons at the same time. I think that sounds fun, and it would spur me to play until I unlocked everything in the game.

5. Carry trophies over to the next system

This is the most important item on this list.

I expect Sony will trumpet new things and throw out old failures. I hope they keep trophies on their next system so I can keep stacking them on my virtual shelf.

What do you think Sony should do tomorrow?

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