Boss Rush Banter: Why Did the PlayStation 5’s Accolades System Fail?

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According to The Sixth Axis, Sony will retire the Accolades system this fall, a feature unique to the PlayStation 5, because the company was not seeing significant usage. As a PS5 owner, I was shocked–primarily because I didn’t know it existed. So, what is this Accolades system? In any supporting multi-player games, you could award someone an Accolade: Helpful, Welcoming, Good Sport once per match. With this current gen console still high in demand, why did this fail?

While we have no absolute root-cause identified, I can speculate to contributing factors. Firstly, the chip shortage stunted the PS5’s initial launch and only recently are people seeing it become more readily available. However, even then, what about the percentage of those who do own a PS5? Well, the Accolades system is featured in multi-player games, and it would require developers to bake this feature into their games. I agree with…

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