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Trophy Notifications On/Off

Idea 1402 | Posted in , by | March 17, 2010

The option to turn on/off Trophy Notifications. Still add the Trophies to the user’s profile but allows the option for a clean, uninterrupted game session from outside ‘distractions’.



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xplosneer  |  March 17th, 2010 at 4:39 pm

I think there’s an option for this but it’s too general. It turns off all the notifications.


WoWix100  |  March 17th, 2010 at 4:41 pm

yes. i hate it when in the middle of the final boss’s death scene, “bleep bloop” sound and flashing notice catapults you out of the whole experience.


emjayx  |  March 17th, 2010 at 4:56 pm

I don’t get why this is getting downvoted? The current Notification settings are too general, it’s either on or off. This is just being specific.


SlashZaku  |  March 17th, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Tropy Fiends love their Trophies. Don’t know why it’s being downvoted either as it’s asking for the option to have them On or Off. It’s not taking away Trophies or anything from the user, just getting rid of the Notification that pops up during a game.

If you’re worried about getting one during a game after completing a task, obviously, just leave them on. If you’re more concerned about the game’s story the 1st time through and don’t care for Trophies at that time, then turn it off.


Andrefpvs  |  March 17th, 2010 at 5:25 pm

I’ll agree with this because I can understand why some people would be bothered with the notifications.


gekko1986  |  March 17th, 2010 at 6:03 pm

Why would someone down vote this? I agree completely, they are very annoying during game play.


GameAngry  |  March 17th, 2010 at 8:10 pm

I don’t get what kind of mean @^!& downvotes ideas for optional features like this that make sense.

They must be the same ones downvoting the option for changing ingame music.

These are OPTIONS!


NinjaZeroEight  |  March 17th, 2010 at 11:54 pm

I was just about to add this idea. Good thing I did a search for it first.

Having an option to turn off trophy notifications is an absolute must.

Having trophy notifications during cutscenes is extremely annoying. I can’t imagine what it would be like during a game like Final Fantasy XIII where its cutscene heavy – I don’t want little messages bothering me when I’m trying to watch a beautiful cutscene.

I REALLY hope Sony gives us the option to turn Trophy Notifications on or off by the time The Last Guardian comes out. Can you imagine playing a masterpiece like that then all of a sudden getting interrupted because of a stupid trophy notification?! I can tell you one thing for sure, the type of people that will be playing a game like The Last Guardian will not be playing it for the trophies.


AlexLotan  |  March 18th, 2010 at 1:07 am

Too bad it’s beiing downvoted. I suppose, it is a quick and simple thing to make this options. After all, you can turn off message/friends notifications. Why not add an OPTION to turn off the trophies notifications then?


IncredibleBulk  |  March 18th, 2010 at 1:55 am

How would you know you had the trophy then?


SlashZaku  |  March 18th, 2010 at 5:39 am

@ IncredibleBulk:

Some of us don’t care about Trophies. Honestly, when I first get a game, all I’m concerned about is playing and enjoying it. Don’t need nor want Trophies popping up during my first run through especially when they’re not a concern of mine.

As I pointed out, the Trophies are still added to the user’s profile but you just don’t have the Notification popping up.

I don’t know if people are dense or just not understanding what’s being asked here.


Cytronix  |  March 18th, 2010 at 8:44 am

I like want an option to disable trophies totally


De_Gamer  |  March 18th, 2010 at 11:37 am

Strange that this is getting downvoted. It only gives you the option to switch them off, you don’t have to. I, for one, would like to have this option.


Lucca202  |  March 18th, 2010 at 1:03 pm

Totally agreed. I’d probably still leave them on, but it sure breaks the atmosphere when you get that BLEEP sound midgame.


PumpkinEater  |  March 19th, 2010 at 4:51 am

I agree, they are very distracting and you can’t even turn them off by turning notifications off either.

I actually tried to add the same request (and I did a search before I sent it in) but I guess you beat me to it. 🙂

Trophies must be the worst thing ever “invented/copied”. 😉


knightomic  |  March 19th, 2010 at 5:42 pm

Whyyy ?
its awesome when you get a Trophy?
Why would you like to quit it off?


SillentGunner  |  March 20th, 2010 at 2:17 am


Like Zaku said some of don’t care for trophies.

Just like WoWix100 I hate when trophies pop up when something great is about to happen it kills the mood.

Got my vote. 🙂


dessy  |  March 20th, 2010 at 6:32 pm

Got my vote too….

@ knightomic – I would like to turn them off because they annoy me when I am really getting involved in a game. And I just dont care about them anyway. I don’t look at them. I don’t Sync them and I don’t bother looking at other people’s collections of them.

‘Get out of my Telly you stupid Trophy Notifications!!!’


Exalted_Knight  |  March 31st, 2010 at 12:12 pm

all you have to do to fix that is if youve already earned the trophies, your not syncing the game with your id, ok say your saved data gets deleted, you put in uncharted 2: its at 0% gasp, just click on your profile for it to sync your trophies and bam your right back at whatever percentage your at.


Lucca202  |  March 31st, 2010 at 1:57 pm


He means that notification *bleep* “You have earned a trophy”. It does break immersion, and there should be an option to remove it without removing message notifications.

And you know, this is going to be downvoted to hell, because of trophy collectors that can’t read. They think “disable” means “completely erase”.


ThereIsNoEnemy  |  April 1st, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Why don’t people want more options for their system? I do not understand why this is being voted down.


nmccall  |  April 9th, 2010 at 6:34 pm

Please, we need this option! I just started “Flower” last night, enjoying its simple, clutter-free, relaxing gameplay, and then “DING” – a wretched trophy. Completely broke the mood.


nmccall  |  April 11th, 2010 at 7:39 pm

My friend just told me they occur during cutscenes in Final Fantasy XIII. That’s crazy! Makes me regret having bought it (I knew I should’ve bought Heavy Rain instead- from what I hear, that game’s notifications are tastefully placed, though not hearing/seeing them at all would be better). It shouldn’t be that hard to let us turn them off, and we shouldn’t have to wait so long for such a simple request.

Notice that, even though this currently has a negative score, there is still a lot of support for the option to turn notifications off.


guxid  |  April 19th, 2010 at 2:02 am

Gotta say, I’d love to be able to disable these notifications. It’s my PS3, I bought it, let me tell it what’s what, not the other way around.

I’d seriously hack my PS3 just to remove them. The same way I removed the health and safety warning on my Wii.


garshanarny  |  May 2nd, 2010 at 12:03 pm

For the love of God, yes, let me turn that stuff off!

NinjaZeroEight said it best; The Last Guardian is exactly the kind of game I would dread to play with Trophy alerts popping up to distract me and ruin my experience. I bought the system in anticipation of that one game, but I won’t play it until Trophy alerts can be turned off, or unless the game itself simply doesn’t include Trophies — and how likely is that these days?

I’m so angry that anyone would vote this down! This is ADDING A SIMPLE AND SENSIBLE FUNCTION to the system that would accommodate more players! It will also shut us up!

Do this, SONY! I will buy more games!


Brevven  |  May 17th, 2010 at 8:16 am

This should definitely be an option. I just purchased a PS3 last week and a few games. I’ve been playing through Bioshock and the Trophy notification sounds really interrupt the mood.

I don’t mind trophies… I mind the fact that the notifications interrupt the games. This doesn’t happen on other systems I’ve playeed on.


Brevven  |  May 17th, 2010 at 8:18 am

The option is almost a requirement for immersive games like Bioshock. I’m thinking of returning my PS3 to Amazon, just bought it a week ago and these notifications keep interrupting my gameplay.


Sketcz  |  May 17th, 2010 at 9:50 am

Trophies should be optional. This means I should be able to disable them totally, and not even know of their existence. I ****ing hate trophies and I hate it when they interupt my game. Flower was supposed to be a nice relaxing game, and instead the constant trophuy notifications destroyed it.


KraXRipper  |  June 3rd, 2010 at 10:25 am

Well… This will never get high enough, but I really hope they see it anyway.
Please, let me remove the notification!


PapaWarlock  |  July 21st, 2010 at 2:33 am

How about giving us an option to delete them or simply not gain them at all? Some of us really don’t want them at all.



offlineman  |  July 27th, 2010 at 4:11 am

Turn off trophy notifications is the most needed option right now for me, can’t imagine myself playing Last Guardian with those popups and bleep sounds. I guess I’ll keep it on shelf until there’s no hope for this option to be added.
I’ve waited 5 years for Last Guardian and will wait some more for a best experience if I have to.


SlashZaku  |  July 31st, 2010 at 6:45 am

I’m actually amazed that this went from -72, to -69, now to -112. Some of you Trophy Fiends are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.


nmccall  |  August 3rd, 2010 at 8:55 pm

Maybe it got merged with a duplicate? I, as 22 & 23, definitely didn’t post two comments in a row on this post. This one was the highest-voted of the several requesting notification on/off settings.


Marscaleb  |  August 24th, 2010 at 2:09 am

I don’t think I would use it, but I would support having it.
I can totally understand someone wanting to disable notifications, even though they aren’t as invasive as they are on the Xbox.

But it should still give the low battery notification. That one is important.
But trophies, people online, yeah, I can see someone not wanting to be bothered by that.


Arkeas  |  September 16th, 2010 at 1:48 pm

I’ve been hoping they add this ever since trophies were added. The little noise and window that pops up is so distracting and completely kills the immersion in the gaming experience.


guxid  |  September 24th, 2010 at 12:18 pm

All you naysayers may want to remember that the ICO/Colossus remakes will be FORCED to have trophy support. Trophy notifications will completely contradict the simplistic interface design of these games, and may potentially ruin the experience.

But it’s not like you’re going to be able to disable them. Realize that Sony is using Trophies to track your progress in the games you play (ever wonder why there’s so many useless trophies?). The notifications make sure you know it’s happening, so that they aren’t tracking without your knowledge.

Personally I think this is a huge privacy concern. Tracking your surfing, purchasing, calling or watching habits is protected, but your gaming habits is not? The option of whether or not you want your progress stored should be an opt-in situation, not a requirement to play the games WE’VE purchased…


HayateTokidoki  |  October 5th, 2010 at 2:39 pm

I just played ICO and Shadow of the Colossus a few weeks ago. I had been waiting for the HD remakes but then it hit me that I would be in the middle of this beautiful and immersive world and would have to deal with obnoxious trophy notices. I may end up skipping the collection entirely if Sony can’t be bothered to add this simple option.

I’m at the point where I’m just going to start buying multi-platform titles on the 360 because they’ve had the option to turn achievement notices off for ages.


gamekillbr  |  October 22nd, 2010 at 8:35 am


there IS a way to disable Trophies for a game, if they are too annoying. Note that you will stop getting all trophies for that particular game when you do this, you will not only stop notifications.
All you have to do is copy the savegame to another PS3 user then back. The next time you load the game, you will be notified you won’t get any more trophies for that save file, because it is “from another user”.
Worked great for me in Castlevania Lords of Shadow. Game became really immersive all of a sudden, I played for 7+ straight hours and didn’t even notice the time 🙂

If you DO want Trophies back for the particular game, you have to start a new savegame.


DidTheImpossible  |  November 12th, 2010 at 3:41 am

How’d you like to be at a theater and the usher comes in front of the screen rings a bell and tells you how much time is left?


Oh, but he’s doing it discretely, and he’s not there very long, only a second or 2!

360 has the option to turn off the notification, why not the PS3?

Have you never heard of suspension of disbelief? The emotional impact of every scene is broken every time a notification comes up. the presentation is a failing. Immersion is absolutely essential to a compelling experience.

And trophies are a joke, they’re handed out for anything. I can use them as a gauge to know how much of the game is left. Why are we rewarded for watching a cut-scene, beating a boss or using a weapon?

Why not give me a trophy for wearing slacks? Or breathing?

I looked at the games I have finished on the PS3 and 360. I have NEVER tried to get trophies or achievements, yet I have around 65-75% for almost every game I have finished. That is ridiculous.

I have seen forum posters say they’d rather buy a multi-platform title for your competitor’s console and not yours because you refuse to fix this.

You need to offer what the competition does and better. It’s just common sense.


Ultraman_Zero  |  December 11th, 2010 at 11:55 am

I can’t imagine playing ICO/SOTC and The last guardian and see trophy notifications in my first run. Please Sony give us the OPTION. Thanks.


Saurian  |  January 30th, 2011 at 7:04 am

The trophy notification is really spoiling my enjoyment of Dead Space 2. Please Sony, please allow the user to disable this notication via an option in the system menu.

I play games like this purely for the atmosphere they create, it’s a brilliantly scripted high-tension interactive action movie. But during play I am pulled out of the experience every single time I “achieve” one of these trophy conditions.

These conditions aren’t in any way feats of skill, they’re just a tally of simple tasks which you absolutely have to do to progress through the game anyway. For example you get a trophy for using health items, you get a trophy for killing enemies in exactly the same fashion the game’s narrative repeats to you over and over. You even get trophies for passing each and every “chapter”, how do any of these things deserve a reward?

I can understand how this trophy feature could be interesting for young children or people who are very new to gaming. But having it forced on you, when you have no interest in it whatsoever, is simply obnoxious.


Brave_Robot  |  April 3rd, 2011 at 9:50 pm

This is insane. Why are people downvoting an optional feature that could not possibly disadvantage them in any way?

I agree with every posting who says that these pop-ups ruin immersion and are distraction. Enabling this feature would give the OPTION to turn them off. Please, everyone vote this up so we can have options. If you like them, you’ll still be able to keep them on. This is about giving power and choices to the gamer.


Brave_Robot  |  April 3rd, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Also, it’s worth pointing out that as the settings exist now, turning off all notifications does NOT turn off trophy notifications. There is absolutely no way to turn off trophy notifications short of hacking the console.


elvila  |  April 7th, 2011 at 2:24 pm

I’t just beyond me why would anyone vote against this. Are people so dense that they cannot see the difference between “make trophies optional” and “remove trophies”?
If you like trophies, fine, but why would you make it mandatory for everyone else?
Plus, it must be such a simple thing to implement!

Here, I’ll write the pseudo-code for you:



gwmonking  |  May 17th, 2011 at 3:13 am

One vote for the option to disable. I feel quite strongly in favor of preserving the atmosphere of the game. The nature of trophies often places them in the most climactic and emotional parts of a game, and the noise accompanying the notification wrecks the arc. It doesn’t matter much to me how I disable them–if it’s along with other notifications or not–I just don’t want to hear that noise during a game again. The visual cue bothers me much less, though I’d prefer to lose both.


LAKingsGeek  |  May 20th, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Another vote to be able to disable trophy notifications. I find Trophies to be pointless. All they do is constantly remind me that I’m playing a game, thus taking me out of any immersive experience the developer intended for me to have.

I’m playing LA Noire right now and I would like nothing more than to disable the trophy notifications.


Tungsten819  |  June 4th, 2011 at 1:31 pm

At the end of Uncharted 2 the final scene faded to black and I leaned back in my chair, giving off a contented exhale while waiting for the credits to roll. Suddenly several trophy notifications popped up on the screen, and what were they? “Completed game on Easy”, and by default “Completed game on Very Easy.” THAT’S more important than a cinematic silence? Telling me two things I already knew, or better yet didn’t want to be reminded of knowing?! It’s like someone’s cell phone blaring off in a theater–it kills the magic of the moment and reminds you what your watching/playing is fiction, never mind it being a constant annoyance.

Anyway, that’s one reason I voted up, and I have others.


NotOneOfUs  |  July 21st, 2011 at 5:57 am

Dear lord is that trophy notification immersion breaking.

Please, please add in the option to disable the visual and audio notifications. Thank you.


ReploidX  |  August 30th, 2011 at 12:42 am

Please add an option to disable trophy notifications. Most of the trophy criteria are ridiculous anyway. “Pressed Start!” “Used the right analog stick!” “Saved your progress for the tenth time!” WOW!

They really mess with the aesthetic and atmosphere of certain games.

Why does doing the minimum to play a game warrant a trophy? They’d be more interesting if each game were only allowed 5 and the developers had to come up with something worthwhile to do for them.

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