report this adRumors surrounding the ongoing development of Sony’s next-generation console, expected to be the PlayStation 5, are already swirling despite a likely launch in 2020 or beyond. This morning a patent filed by Sony in Japan implies that the company’s in-development console may have digital backward compatibility, potentially supporting not just PS4 games, but possibly even PS3, PS2, or even games from the original PlayStation. Obviously, this doesn’t mean that anything whatsoever is confirmed. A patent is just a patent (a legally registered idea) and doesn’t always come to fruition. The terms in a patent are also intentionally ambiguous, which could mean that even if the patent is used it could be used in an entirely different and unexpected way. Nevertheless, given the ongoing development of the PS5 the patent does imply what Sony could be seriously considering backward compatibility for its upcoming console.The patent doesn’t explicitly name the PS5, of course. It references instead an ambiguous future machine or platform, powerful enough to employ a technique known as CPU spoofing in order to digitally recreate older consoles. CPU spoofing meaning that the actual CPU creates a digital version of an older CPU through emulation. This new platform would test to… Read full this story
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