Sony Files Patent Hinting Backwards Compatibility On PS5

Emily Brown


Sony Files Patent Hinting Backwards Compatibility On PS5Alamy

Sony fans may soon be able to dig around in the attic or at the back of the cupboard and dust off old childhood favourite games as the company has filed a patent for backwards compatibility. 

Anyone interested in gaming, or even just those who know someone who’s interested in gaming, will probably know the PS5 pretty much broke the internet with its release in November 2020, with even the biggest fans of the PlayStation console struggling to get their hands on the device thanks to all the hype around it.

More than one year on I’m sure the console has turned out to be pretty much everything fans had hoped for at the time, but there is one downside for those who like to return to old classics – the console isn’t backward compatible with PS3, PS2, or PS1 games.

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As a result, PS5 owners are restricted to playing the games created for either PS5 or PS4, and though there are dozens of good games to choose from, sometimes it’s fun to revert back to a decades-younger self by playing an old game.

Though PlayStation fans haven’t been able to do this with the latest console so far, Sony recently filed a patent which may indicate plans to open up the possibility.

According to Comicbook, the new patent from Sony Interactive Entertainment has surfaced from American video game designer and producer Mark Cerny, who worked as lead system architect on the PS5, and is titled ‘Backward Compatibility Through Use of Spoof Clock and Fine Grain Frequency.’

The patent indicates PlayStation is working on backwards compatibility technology, and while it doesn’t reveal exactly why, it’s reasonable to assume it could be for the PS5, and maybe the PS4.

News of the patent has sparked a lot of conversation and speculation among gaming fans, though Sony is known to regularly file for patents without moving forward past the conceptual stage.

Commenting on the patent, one Twitter user wrote: ‘Oh sh*t it looks like Mark Cerny finally solved the Playstation backwards compatibility problem… Please, please tell me we can finally have all generations of Playstation.’

Only time will tell whether anything will come of the backwards compatibility patent, with Sony having so far stayed silent on the matter, but there’s no harm in a little hoping and praying in the meantime!

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Topics: Gaming, PlayStation, PS4, PS5, Sony


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