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Sony adjusts PlayStation 4 trophies

Sony’s PlayStation division introduced PlayStation Trophies in 2008, a few years after the PlayStation 3 launch. Ever since, there were small incremental changes, and modifications, but never a major overhaul that we’re seeing now with PlayStation 5. Previously, the way you would earn trophies, is you would earn “rewards” known as trophies through accomplishing a quest, side-quest, easter eggs, moves, killstreaks, that sort of thing. When you would get past a stage, level, boss, whatever, you would get a better trophy. When you get ALL the trophies, you get platinum. Well, that sort-of changed. So, instead of just completing trophies, you’re basically… stacking your trophy levels as you progress. Previously, they would tell you how many bronze trophies you have, right? But that metric is now being used to “stack” your levels. Like this image implies… (Also, notice there’s new icons on them…? That also changed…)

I’ll let Sony explain the system, better than I can explain it…

You’ve all heard that satisfying sound when a Trophy pops up on the corner of your screen. There’s the sense of accomplishment when that ultra-rare Platinum trophy is unlocked after hours of pursuing. Trophies were first introduced on PlayStation 3, and have been an integral part of the PlayStation gaming experience. Today, we’re excited to announce we’re bringing some enhancements to the Trophy system. 

New Trophy Levels

The first thing you’ll notice is the big change to your Trophy level. We’re increasing the Trophy level range from the current “1-100” to “1-999,” so following this update, your Trophy level will automatically be remapped to a new level within this new range based on the Trophies you’ve earned to date. For example, if your current Trophy level is 12, your new level will jump to somewhere in the low 200’s. The exact level will depend on the number and grades of trophies you’ve acquired. There will be no changes to the Trophies already earned or Trophy information, such as unlock requirements.

New Level Calculation Structure

We’ve implemented a new Trophies level calculation system that is more optimized and rewarding. Players will progress quicker through the early levels, and levels will increase more consistently. Platinum trophies will count more toward your level progression, making them even more valuable.

New Trophy Level Icons

With an expanded level range, we’re also updating the trophy level icon on PlayStation 5, as well as PlayStation App at a later date. Currently the Trophies icon is just a single gold star, but we’re adding a few variants:

  • Bronze: levels 1-299
  • Silver: levels 300 – 599
  • Gold: levels 600 – 998
  • Platinum: level 999

The icons will also have a subtle distinction to visually suggest how close you are to the next level.

Lastly, just for clarity, Trophies that you’ve earned on previous PlayStation systems will come with you to PlayStation 5, just as they have in previous generation transitions. The new Trophy levels will be reflected in all locations that Trophy levels are shown, including past systems, PS App and My PlayStation.

All of these updates will be automatically implemented on the system side, starting later tonight (North America) / tomorrow (Europe). 

We’re committed to offering an even better experience for our fans as we head into the next generation of gaming. We can’t wait for everyone to start racking up trophies in all the amazing upcoming games that are launching on PS4 and PS5!

Source: PlayStation Blog

The adjusted trophy system is available now on PlayStation 4, and this system is also heading to PlayStation 5 on November 12, 2020.