For backwards compatibility, Sony has missed the mark on the PlayStation 4. But Sony has filed a new patent and rumors say that this could come with retro games compatibility on PlayStation 5 by the way of emulation. This new patent suggests that PlayStation 5 will offer compatibility with all previous PlayStation consoles.
This is something will definitely delight PlayStation fans.
The lead architect of PlayStation 4 Mark Cerny designed this patent that will allows PlayStation 5 to run software from PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2 and venerable PSone. Actually, the legacy software would be tricked into believing that it is being run on the original device.
Moreover, it would imitate the older hardware behavior to allow it to cooperate with the new hardware. This is a process which patent denotes as “Processor ID spoofing“. Compatibility with PlayStation 3 architecture is known to be tricky which is why Sony has stalled with backwards compatibility.
Let me tell you that, just because a company files a patent, it doesn’t mean that would definitely be developed. However, the patent didn’t make any reference to the hardware. This Reddit thread is citing sources which speculate that the patent application is coming for PlayStation 5.
TechSpot mentioned previously that PlayStation 5 could be unveiled at E3 2020 and the console is rumored to be using an 8 core Ryzen CPU with a custom GPU based on AMD’s Navi arch. PlayStation 5 is expected to cost $500, on the other hand, Sony has already shifted first party development to its next-generation platform.
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