Sony could use blockchain to secure PlayStation Network

Blockchain could one day safeguard your PlayStation Network account.

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Sony could one day use blockchain, which secures data in cryptographic "blocks", as a means to better protect PlayStation Network users.

Sony could use blockchain to secure PlayStation Network |

Sony's online infrastructure is notoriously wonky and has been the center of a number of hacks, some of which exposed user data including PlayStation Network users and even celebrities aligned with Sony Pictures. The Japanese titan has since added two-factor authentication (2FA) to protect PSN user data, but it might opt for something more secure in the future: blockchain.

Records show that Sony has applied for a patent that would use the versatility of blockchain as another layer of cybercrime prevention by using Multi-factor Authentication (MFA).

The way it works is Sony's blockchain tech would essentially mimic the current TFA measures the company has in place: users would be sent an encrypted verification codes via the blockchain to use alongside traditional username/password login details. The patent notes that this tech could be used for transactions, as well as data transfers.

Remember that this is just a patent, and doesn't indicate Sony will even pursue this particular avenue, but it's still interesting to see how blockchain can potentially change our digital lives.


Derek joined the TweakTown team in 2015 and has since reviewed and played 1000s of hours of new games. Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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