Sony is removing accolades from the PS5, a feature intended to promote sportsmanship but which has seen little use.
Accolades was a launch feature on PS5, and players could give medals as helpful, welcoming, and good sport to others in multiplayer games. In theory, Sony implemented the brace system to reduce toxicity. But in practice, no one really knew the system existed, let alone actually used it – a fact Sony acknowledged in the stop announcement.
“As of Fall 2022, the Accolades feature on PlayStation 5 will no longer be supported,” Sony said. “The feature hasn’t seen the level of usage we anticipated, so we’re refocusing our efforts. We encourage the community to continue sending positive messages to each other.”
In other PS5 related news, Sony will be adding a PS5 beta test update that will bring a lot of player-requested updates: Folders (sort of)! These are called game lists, and players can have up to 15 different lists. The PS5 beta update will also add 1440p HDMI video output, as well as social screen sharing between party members. Players chosen for the beta will receive an email invitation.
Sony also declined to comment on a potential price hike for the PS5, a possibility due to continued chip shortages. But for those still looking to get a PS5, supplies seem to be more available recently, with PS5s staying in stock longer than usual at Best Buy and PS Direct restocks. Check out our PS5 restock tracker for the latest info on where to get one.
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