News | Sony may be bringing PlayStation trophies to PC

The PlayStation Trophies that players can unlock while playing PlayStation games may also be coming to PC.

The website TrueTrophies scans trophy lists from PlayStation Network. Recently, a trophy list was discovered mentioning the platform ‘PSPC’. The list is not linked to a specific game and therefore appears to be a test.

According to many, this could possibly be a sign of the future. Sony may be internally testing the possibilities of bringing trophies to PC. The company is bringing more and more games to PC and in this way PC players could also unlock trophies. Either way, it hasn’t been officially confirmed at the time of writing.

Game Guide | God of War Ragnarok

Achievement / Trophy guide

– Estimated achievement difficulty: 4/10 (on Story Difficulty, can switch difficulty at any time in gameplay settings)
– Offline: 36 (1trophy, 4trophy, 15trophy, 16trophy)
– Online: 0
– Approximate amount of time to  Platinum: 40-50 hours on Story Difficulty / 50-60 hours on Balance Difficulty / 60-70+ hours on No Mercy Difficulty
– Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 1
– Missable achievements  : 0, nothing tied to trophies or 100% completion is missable, can still return to all relevant locations after the story in free-roam
– Does difficulty affect achievements: No, can do everything on the easiest difficulty and use accessibility options 
– Unobtainable/glitched achievements : No
– PS4/PS5 Autopop & Save Transfer: Yes, but only from PS4 > PS5 (not from PS5 > PS4), it autopops all trophies including Platinum instantly upon loading the PS4 save on PS5
– PS4/PS5 Crossbuy: Yes but only if you buy the more expensive Crossbuy Edition for €69,99 (There is a cheaper PS4-only version for €59,99, can be upgraded to PS5 for €10)
– Free-Roam / Level Select after Story?: Yes, there is free roam after story, can return to all areas that are relevant for trophies and 100% completion.
– Extra equipment needed: No
– Release Date: November 09, 2022

Welcome to the God of War Ragnarok Trophy Guide! The game has a very similar structure to the 2018 God of War game. For platinum you basically need 100% completion. All Collectible Types are tied to trophies, except for Lore and Buried Treasures. There are 418 Collectibles in total. You can’t complete most areas on the first visit during the story because you’ll be missing the required skills. All the skills you need are unlocked automatically from the story. Some Collectibles don’t spawn at all until you’ve beaten the story. It’s best to focus on the story first and clean up everything after. Nothing is missable, you can return to all areas that contain collectibles after the story. The story takes around 20 hours and 100% completion another 20 hours (on easiest difficulty). There are no difficulty-related trophies, everything can be done on the lowest difficulty. There’s nothing you need to watch out for during your story run, just have fun and enjoy the game as you wish.

Step 1: Finish Story [20 Hours]

Finish the story on any difficulty. Playing on the lowest difficulty setting is fine. You can also make use of the Accessibility Settings to make it even easier.

Nothing that’s tied to trophies or 100% completion is missable. All relevant areas that contain collectibles can be revisited after the story in free-roam. A handful of story-specific sections become unavailable but they don’t contain anything for completion or trophies, so it’s of no consequence. If you forgot to pick up items dropped by enemies they are automatically placed in the blue chest at the blacksmith. There’s no way to miss anything.

Just like the previous God of War game, it’s impossible to get all Collectibles on the first visit. You won’t have the necessary abilities, they are unlocked later in the story. Some collectibles don’t spawn at all until after the story (Remnants), they cannot be found until you reached the endgame. So don’t worry about Collectibles for now, it’s impossible to complete them during the story. Grab what you find by yourself, then backtrack for the rest after the story.

Step 2: Follow a Collectible Guide for 100% Completion [20 Hours]

Even though the trophy list doesn’t outright mention some collectible types, you basically need everything. For example, you also need all 48 Odin’s Ravens to get one of the Relics/Hilts as a reward. To fight Hrolf you must get all Berserker Gravestones. To get all Apples/Horns you need the Nornir Chests. To fully repair the Amulet of Yggdrasil you need the Legendary Chests because they contain the parts. Accessing certain areas requires doing Favors so they are needed too. 100% Completion will also help you reach Gear Level 9 (maximum) to stand a chance against the Level 9 bosses Hrolf and Gna.

The only collectible types not directly tied to trophies are Lore and Buried Treasures. Everything else is needed for trophies.

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News | PlayStation Stars explained

Starting tomorrow it will be possible as a PlayStation owner to participate in a new loyalty program, PlayStation Stars. Although the concept was already introduced in July, it is far from clear to many gamers what exactly the program entails. This is everything you need to know about Playstation Stars.

Those wishing to participate in PlayStation Stars must register for the program through the PlayStation website using their PlayStation Network credentials. Since you can only see which rank you belong to on the website, it is essential to have the PlayStation app installed. There you can see which campaigns (more on that later) and rewards are available to you.

With the Stars program, the aim is to ‘work your way to the top’ as a PlayStation user. There are four different ranks or ‘levels’ available, starting with Level 1. Each level has its own advantages, and there is always a new milestone that you must achieve to be able to move to the next level.

For example, the milestone for Level 1 is not a difficult task: all you have to do is participate in PlayStation Stars and complete a few trivial tasks. But if you want to go to the next level, it is important that you buy games in the PlayStation Store. In addition, you also have to win some relatively rare trophies for those levels. For example, the highest level, Level 4, requires four purchased games from the PlayStation Store and 128 of those trophies.

Gamers can win trophies by completing specific tasks assigned by the loyalty program. PlayStation Stars is full of these types of ‘campaigns’, which range from in-game activities and tournaments to simply launching a game every month. You also earn loyalty points. Those loyalty points are more precious than you might think at first. You can use this to fill your PlayStation Network portfolio or even buy entire games, as long as you have enough of them. Unfortunately, one thing is clear: those loyalty points really don’t just flow in. The best way to get them is and will continue to pay for them…

PlayStation users with a Plus subscription will receive about ten loyalty points for every euro they spend in the PlayStation Store. So when you spend $100 in the Store, you’ll receive 1000 points, which is equivalent to $4 bonus in your PlayStation Network wallet – four percent of the amount spent. Not a huge discount, but perhaps nice for users who only purchase their games digitally. PlayStation Stars also offers games that you can buy in their entirety with loyalty points.

In addition, PlayStation Stars introduces digital collectibles: a kind of new trophies that can also be won through campaigns. The collectibles represent PlayStation souvenirs, such as a statuette from the PlayStation 3 or the PocketStation. Several iconic PlayStation characters are also represented, such as Punto the gondolier from Ape Escape 2.

It is important to know that the digital collectibles are not NFTs. There was speculation about this before, after Sony announced the virtual objects. The digital collectibles cannot be exchanged for money and are also not unique per owner. All a player can do is collect them and display them on their PlayStation Network account to other people.

As mentioned earlier, reaching higher levels in the Stars program brings more benefits to players. In the case of Levels 2 and 3, those perks are pretty harmless: you mainly get more of those cute collectibles. But once you have reached Level 4, which requires players to invest a relatively large amount of time, you will receive priority from Sony customer service. When you submit a chat request to Sony’s customer service, you will be helped sooner than customers who do not belong to the level.

Whether that advantage really makes a world of difference is the question, because how many people wait in such a chat at all? But its honesty is debatable. Not everyone has the same financial means to buy games from the PlayStation Store, or the time to complete hundreds of missions for all those trophies.

There are also rumors that there is even another level hidden. That level is said to have been discovered by data miners during an update of the PlayStation app. Level 5 appears to be accessible only by invitation of some sort, and as a reward for this level, users are said to receive a very rare digital collectible.

News | PlayStation Stars May Have Secret Fifth Level

There may be a fifth secret tier in the PlayStation Stars loyalty program.

Dataminers have found a ‘Diamond’ tier in the PlayStation mobile app, which includes illustrations and a description of it. This level would be available by invitation only.

“In an endless sea of stars, it seems like there’s no place left to hide. But you wouldn’t be here if you avoided those kinds of challenges. Welcome to Level 5,” the description reads.

Officially, only four levels of PlayStation Stars are known, which can be reached by meeting as many conditions as possible. It is not known what exactly one can do with the fifth level and when one receives an invitation for it.

Launching in Europe on October 13, PlayStation Stars will allow players to unlock rewards by completing a variety of games and participating in activities similar to Xbox Rewards. Points unlocked can be exchanged in an online store for a variety of extras. ‘Digital Collectibles’ can also be unlocked.

Earlier it appeared that people who reach the fourth level – by unlocking 128 difficult-to-unlock Trophies and buying at least four games from the PlayStation Store – get priority in the chat of Sony’s customer service.

News | Sony shows more of PlayStation VR2 and upcoming VR games

Sony has released a trailer showcasing the PlayStation VR2 and upcoming games for the VR helmet.

In the trailer, the techniques that are in the virtual reality helmet are highlighted, such as a 4k HDR screen, eye tracking and foveated rendering. The corresponding controllers are also shown again.
Also featured are several upcoming PS VR2 games, such as Firewall Ultra, No Man’s Sky, Horizon: Call of the Mountain and Resident Evil Village.

Over the years, Sony has revealed details surrounding the PlayStation VR2 at various times, which are discussed again in the trailer below. For example, the OLED screen of the glasses is 4000 by 2040 pixels (2000 by 2040 per eye) and the field of view is 110 degrees. Furthermore, PlayStation VR2 has inside-out tracking, so that a separate camera is not necessary. Thanks to four cameras in the device itself, there is no need for colored LEDs on the device to keep track of where the player is. These cameras also follow the new controllers. Finally, the helmet with cameras tracks players’ eyes, allowing players to use their eyes to control the camera.
PlayStation VR2 should be released sometime early next year and can be used with the PlayStation 5. Sony previously announced that more than twenty games should be available on release. It is also known that the vr helmet will not be backward compatible with games that appeared on the first PS VR.

News | Sony shares details about PlayStation Stars loyalty program

Sony gave more details about the PlayStation Stars loyalty program during the State of Play yesterday.

PlayStation Stars was announced last summer. Through the program, players can unlock rewards by completing a variety of games and participating in activities similar to Xbox Rewards. Points unlocked can be exchanged in an online store for credits in the PlayStation Store or ‘Digital Collectibles’.

A number of those digital figurines were shown during the State of Play livestream. Punto (from Ape Escape 2), Polygon Man (from the marketing for the first PlayStation) and a PlayStation 3 and PocketStation were shown. According to Sony, these Digital Collectibles will differ in terms of scarcity. Players can display the collected items in a digital display case and show them to PSN friends.

According to the company, most points and Digital Collectibles can be unlocked by participating in so-called ‘campaigns’. For example, there will be a campaign called ‘Hit Play/1994’, in which people who start the right game based on musical hints will unlock a Digital Collectible.

PlayStation Stars should be rolled out in Asia sometime this month and will be available in the West at a later date.

News | Team Ninja working on open world game Rise of the Ronin

Team Ninja is developing an action RPG called Rise of the Ronin. The game is set in ancient Japan.

Rise of the Ronin is an open world action RPG with a combat focus set in the late 1800s. At the end of the long Edo period, Japan suffers from oppressive leaders and deadly diseases, while a war rages between the Tokugawa Shogunate and the Anti-Shogunate.

Players control a Ronin , a warrior who has no master and is allowed to make his own choices. People use Katanas and other weapons to fight. Team Ninja reports on PlayStation Blog that it uses its years of experience to “reach a new level”. According to the developer – known from Ninja Gaiden among others – it is the studio’s most ambitious game to date.

Rise of the Ronin is console-exclusive for PlayStation 5. The game is set to release sometime in 2024.

News | Hogwarts Legacy Exclusive PlayStation Mission Shown

A new Hogwarts Legacy trailer that aired during the State of Play showcases a PlayStation exclusive mission from the game.

It was already known that the game was getting an exclusive mission on PlayStation. The mission is called ‘The Haunted Hogsmeade Shop’ and revolves around a mysterious shop owned by Madan Mason in Hogsmeade. According to the description, the exclusive mission also includes an extra dungeon, a cosmetic set and a shop.

In Hogwarts Legacy, players control a fifth-year Hogwarts student. They explore the school and the world around it, learn spells, brew magic potions and fly on a broomstick. The game is set around 1800, so characters from the books and movies are few and far between, except for some cameos.

Hogwarts Legacy will be released on February 10, 2023 on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X and S, Xbox One, and PC. The Switch version will be released at a later date.

News | God of War Ragnarök Trailer and DualSense Controller Shown

A new God of War Ragnarök trailer and a special DualSense controller were showcased during the State of Play.

Among other things, the trailer shows new realms that players visit in the game. At the end of the trailer, Kratos can be seen taking on a well-known Norse God. The trailer can be viewed below.

In addition, Sony unveiled a new DualSense controller in the style of the game. The controller will be available on November 9 and can also be seen below.

God of War Ragnarök is the direct sequel to the 2018 God of War, which was another ‘soft reboot’ of the long-running action series. Once again Kratos and his son embark on an adventure in the Norse mythological kingdoms. This time, all nine different realms can be explored.

The game will be released on November 9 on PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4.