Achievements and Trophies in games are nice and all, but when they’re tied to specific story events, they can prove spoilery. PS4 thankfully allows developers to designate Trophies as “hidden,” preventing you from accidentally finding out about anything you might not want to see. But what happens when you finish a game and want to go Trophy hunting, or if you just don’t care about spoilers in the first place? Your impulse might be to go searching online for a complete list of Trophies to consult to fill in the gaps you see in the Trophy list on your system. Or you could, y’know, just reveal the hidden Trophy on the system itself.
Yeah, that’s a thing. And people seem shocked by this bit of information.
Just select a hidden Trophy, hit X to view its details screen, and you can press the Square button to reveal the hidden information. Not only is this possible, but it’s been a thing for years–it was first added in the PS4’s 4.00 system update, way back in September 2016. It’s possible that, for many, the addition was missed amidst a flurry of PlayStation news, as it was around that time that the slim PS4 and PS4 Pro were both announced, and this update introduced HDR functionality to all PS4 systems, among other things. But even the PlayStation Blog post for the update made no mention of the Trophy feature. (It was, however, referenced in an earlier post, about a month before it was actually released.)
Regardless, news of this feature has been making the rounds after a highly upvoted post on Reddit from user RockyB95 pointed out that they had only discovered it after years of owning a PS4. The PlayStation UK Twitter account then shared this, and it seems as if this useful tip was one that many people were unaware of.
It pays to read the full patch notes, apparently. What other tricks, PS4 or otherwise, can you think of that other people might not know? Let us know in the comments below.