One of the PS5’s flagship features will be discontinued later this year as no one used it. Accolades were introduced on the new-gen console as a way of allowing players to acknowledge each other’s efforts in online games. The function enabled you to award teammates and opponents badges based on their playstyle, so you could say they were Helpful or Welcoming, for example.
But a post on the official PlayStation website notes that uptake has been low: “In fall of 2022, the Accolades feature on PS5 will no longer be supported. The feature hasn’t seen the level of usage we anticipated, so we are refocusing our efforts. We encourage the community to continue to send positive messages to one another.”
Sony recently pointed out that engagement across its consoles has been “much lower than anticipated” of late, and that it’s working to increase the amount of playtime owners invest across both the PS5 and PS4. We imagine new initiatives like the loyalty programme PS Stars will help with that, so it does make sense for the company to move away from Accolades if they aren’t getting used.
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