Sony Files Patent That Mentions Backwards Compatibility On PS5

A new patent filed by Sony, with PS5 lead design­er Mark Cerny as one of its investors, may be indi­cat­ing improve­ments com­ing to the con­sole’s back­wards compatibility.

The new patent, which was approved this month, specif­i­cal­ly men­tions back­wards com­pat­i­bil­i­ty, detail­ing a solu­tion that allows cur­rent con­sole hard­ware to mim­ic old­er ones to accu­rate­ly run games. Pro­cess­ing clock speeds can make games designed for slow­er hard­er not func­tion well. So, obvi­ous­ly a dynam­ic change for this would be most helpful.

The lan­guage used in the fil­ing makes it unclear if its ref­er­enc­ing cur­rent back­wards PS4 and PS5, or some­thing else new entire­ly. A ref­er­ence to slow­er hard­ware could mean a num­ber of things, includ­ing the poten­tial for Sony to pur­sue a less-pow­er­ful ver­sion of the PS5 in the wake of suc­cess Microsoft has seen from the Xbox Series S.

It could also mean an exten­sion of exist­ing back­wards com­pat­i­bil­i­ty work. Of course, it could also be paving the way for the report­ed “Spar­ta­cus” sub­scrip­tion ser­vice. Just like the com­pa­ny is pulling their PS Now gift cards from the retail­ers.

Back­wards com­pat­i­bil­i­ty is one ele­ment of the con­sole cycle that Sony isn’t on the up-and-up with. Microsoft offers sup­port all the way back to games released on the orig­i­nal Xbox. 

I am a Platinum lover and an ex- Cod-aholic. I've been playing games since I was 5 years old and I refuse to quit, despite my mother's attempts to get me to. God of War and its successors are my all time favorite games.

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