PS5 News – Sony Patents Backwards Compatibility Program

The internet is buzzing with rumors and speculations about PS5’s release date. Unfortunately, Sony doesn’t want to reveal any information about the upcoming console but now, we got lucky and the Japanese based tech giant has patented a new feature for PS5 which gives us a glimpse of what’s to come. The new feature that Sony has patented hints at a backwards compatibility program. This is great news for PlayStation fans because it means that PS5 will give them the possibility to play exclusive titles from PS4, PS3, PS2 and even PS1.

Sony Patents Backwards Compatibility Program

The folks at GearNuke have been the first ones to report that Sony Interactive Entertainment has filed a patent for “Simulation of legacy bus operating for backward compatibility”. This makes it clear that Sony is looking to emulate older games on the next generation console.

Not a Surprise

We have to mention that the news of a PS5 compatibility program doesn’t come as a surprise. Sony needs to include this feature into PS5 because Microsoft already offers it on Xbox One. Not only that but, PS5 users are not going to have access to many games at launch and it makes sense for Sony to give PS5 users access to older titles to make up for that.

The Original Patent

Furthermore, this isn’t the first time that Sony has dropped hints of a backwards compatibility program. The first time this happened was back in October 2018 when Sony mentioned the “Remastering by Emulation” program.

“The original software is then played on the higher resolution display, with asset (such as texture) calls being intercepted, identified, and the data structure entered to retrieve the remastered asset having a matching identifier. The remastered asset is then inserted on the fly into the game presentation,” said Gearnuke.

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