Sony is set to discontinue PS5 accolades later this year, if you can believe it. What? You don't even know what the PS5 accolades system is? Well, let's have ourselves quick recap to refresh our memories...
Accolades are basically digital awards that you can earn through playing multiplayer games on PS5. They were revealed just ahead of the console's launch in November 2020, and back then, most people seemed to think that they were a neat idea. "One of the coolest new features of the PlayStation 5, which we can’t wait to put through its paces come launch, is the new Accolades system which forms part of your User Profile," is what we wrote at the time. Whoops!
So, accolades essentially let you show your appreciation for particularly helpful players — and as mentioned, they're displayed on your user profile so that everyone can see how much of a lovely person you are. The issue, of course, is that accolades have never really been properly highlighted or expanded upon. We would hazard a guess that most PS5 owners don't even know the system exists.
But don't take our word for it — that's why we're doing a poll! Be sure to cast your vote, and then tell us all about your accolade experience — or lack thereof — in the comments section below.
I forgot it existed.
It's one of those systems which sounds lovely on paper, but which also requires people to be decent human beings in order to prosper, so in the gaming sphere... well, that says it all, really.
I know I got a couple and gave one or two - but then forgot about them entirely, to be honest
I said it elsewhere but I’ll say it again - I’m totally fine with these going away but can we PLEASE get customizable backgrounds like they’ve had on the PS3 & 4??? I really don’t like having to look at whatever Sony wants to hawk to me based on the games I play. Put that in a different place thank-you.
@RogerRoger Haha, probably a factor, but I think most people probably just forgot about it or couldn't be bothered using it.
Don't even know where I'd have to look in order to check.
@DETfaninATL those backgrounds are literally the games you've installed. The theme changing based on the selected game/app is way better than the static themes PS3/4 had.
I honestly forgot it existed. I remember when I first got my PS5 and was exploring everything about it, I read the description, thought, "That's a nice idea! I rarely play multiplayer games these days so I'll never use it though" and here we are 😂
@ShogunRok That's kinda my point, though. Nice folks would be bothered, but we're talking about online gaming here. That isn't to say that there aren't plenty of nice folks playing multiplayer games (I've met a handful in my time) and I'm not criticising anybody who overlooked the system, but it wouldn't be hyperbole to say that the vast majority of online gamers are more interested in their K/D ratio than in making a random opponent or squadmate feel good about themselves with a few extra button presses.
Ghost of Tsushima: Legends and Deep Rock Galacric are the only 2 games I’ve seen actually push the feature and make it very easy to give and receive them. I have about 30 and give them out to helpful players at the end of a match with the press of a button because the devs actually took advantage of the feature.
Limiting it to multiplayer was a ver dumb decision. Alienated most of the players.
I used them inadvertently in R6 Siege. They added the accolades feature and I thought it was an R6-specific thing. I gave out a few. No clue if I have any. Never bothered to check.
I've got 11.
3 helpful, 6 good sport, 1 leader and 1 welcoming. Think I got them from Destruction All Stars when the servers were quiet and people were being nice
I Got a few from playing Ghost of Tsushima Legends it's the only game iv'e seen asking players to give accolades.
Not even once.
I think the polls tell the whole story here. If the users of a site called "Push Square" don't know what this is I highly doubt your average Joe is going to know what it is!🤣
The only games I've played that even used them are Back 4 Blood and ESO (where no one even uses them).
I got a few on Destruction All-Stars and gave some out but that was pretty much it
Totally forgot this was a thing, but again it was very poorly implemented because I never saw it show up. Was only exclusive to certain games?
I would accidentally award people on CoD by mashing buttons at the end of the round trying to speed things up with my ADD.
That was it
I vaguely remember one Push Square article talking about it and then it faded from my mind.
The idea was good, the implementation not so much.
@Teddie-bear Same here. I’m pretty sure most of mine were from Destruction All-Stars where other players were thanking me for being so easy to wreck.
I did get one randomly when I played (forgets which game) online. Might have been Destruction Allstars.
But as I don't really play multiplayer it was never targeted at me.
Only time I received and gave accolades was on Destruction Allstars.
I don’t think any other game that I play supports it.
Well, only a few games have given me the option of awarding them (or, if the other games have given me the option I just haven’t noticed), and you can’t give accolades to your friends, so they seem pretty worthless. I like the idea of them, but they haven’t been implemented or marketed well.
So long, farewell, auf wiesersehen, goodbye…
The accolades have all gone off to die. ⚱️
@Amnesiac lol. Pretty sure some of mine came from being nice enough to allow players to earn some difficult trophies that needs luck to earn.
But really I was trying to get those trophies myself and failed. lol
If only you could give accolades acknowledging bad behaviour. Just so I could let them know they were being a proper d*******
The very few I gave out and received were all for Wreckfest. Judging by the comments was it only dangerous drivers giving them out?
Gotta love these poll results.
They got rid of the Communities/Groups feature that a lot of people seemed to use and even enjoy, and went with this, which never really made sense to me.
The groups were open to all players who wanted to use them. The accolades only seemed to exist for online gameplay and weren't very obvious on a lot of games.
i have one but it’s funny seeing the poll results on pushsquare though , you gotta play online to have ever gotten any 😂
that’s like asking a call of duty subreddit how many platinum trophies they have 😂
@SociallyInept and since there’s almost nothing to play online that’s a true PS5 game since most games being played on it are PS4 games . the ps5 is still just a backwards compatible machine 2 years later
I don't play online, so its never something I paid any attention to.
@LazyLombax Riders Republic was the only game where I saw them, I used them only there.
@Milktastrophe. Yeah, I know what they are but we’ll have to agree to disagree on that. I MUCH prefer static (or dynamic) themes as opposed to targeted advertising. Not that I wouldn’t mind a space for it somewhere, but I’d prefer to control what I have to look at myself. That’s all.
I remember getting my first - Dirt 5. I had a bad race, accidentally smashed another player, wrecked their race. They gave me the 'Good Sport' award!
I think I earned two in Returnal for Leader and good sport, but really dunno. It was my first and only game this far which sported accolades.
Literally never heard about this until right now. Oh well
I had one without even knowing it, yet I have no idea how to give one to someone else
I never play online so I know as a fact I don't have any lol.
Sony could or should have combine the feature to the upcoming PlayStation Stars then maybe more PS5 owners will probably use it.
Nope.never did.word up son
I forgot it existed not long after I got my PS5 and never used the feature. Not sure if anyone ever awarded me an accolade either as I've never checked.
To be fair, I don't play online games a lot, and when I do I tend to play them solo, so there's been no opportunity for me to give or receive accolades.
But given the personality of those who are more likely to enjoy online multiplayer, they also seem the least likely to participate in such a system, at least not without some tangible (er...in-game) rewards for doing so. I should add the disclaimer that I'm not a psychiatrist and am not qualified to make blanket statements about personality traits, but I also call 'em like I see 'em.
I live in other (singleplayer) universe, so I don't even know what or where it is.
Oh well guess I will need to look for pointless accolades elsewhere, maybe I can get some of that reddit gold or whatever.
I gotten and received some playing Deep Rock, but I didn’t know I could check what I’ve gotten. This was a Sony problem more than a lack of interest necessarily.
what is this?
I recommend putting the theme feature back on.
Never used it and never checked if I have any, not sure what use it was anyway!
I gave a few but never received any... #SAD
I rarely play online multiplayer…. Sooo I’ve never heard of or used accolades. Seems like it’s a feature most wouldn’t bother with.
I had no idea accolades were a thing
No clue what it is.
Useless for me (not a multiplayer kind of, er, player). Can they hurry up and just give us back folders instead plz? My library is getting out of hand 😅
@freddquadros it's a system where users praise other users. I'm not entirely sure how you expect that to work for single player games, given that you don't come across other players by definition
@danlk1ng I know other players without playing in multiplayer games. There are other forms of interactions.
I loved accolades as a secondary trophy system. 🥰
@RogerRoger I think that it should be easier to use, like it should pop at the end of a match
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