PS5 Backwards Compatibility Details Revealed Concerning Generational Issues

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One of the biggest features that will be part of the upcoming PlayStation 5, and certainly one of the most requested, is backwards compatibility. Fans were ecstatic when Sony confirmed that this would be part of the inbound console, but thanks to a recent patent that appeared, we know a little more about the PS5 and its backwards compatibility.

The patent in question was actually filed back in 2016, but was only recently published. It provides a little information regarding the backwards compatibility in the PS5, especially concerning how the new console will be able to handle the old one’s software.

“Differences in performance of the hardware components of a new device and a legacy device can cause errors in synchronization on the new device, which may cause a legacy application to crash or produce incorrect output when running on a new device architecture,” reads the patent. “Such differences in performance can arise, e.g., from differences in hardware architecture between the new and legacy devices.”

It is noted that the performance achieved by the PS5 with older software will be similar to that of the older hardware. This will be achieved by “tuning the operating parameters of the new device,” according to the patent. Examples of these parameters include “the clock frequencies of the new device, the number of available general purpose registers (GPRs), instruction launch rates, and the like.”

After a sufficient number of tests on the new system one can analyze how the performance characteristics of the application on the new system converge as the operating parameters change. A new set of operating parameters can be created based on the convergence analysis. This process may be repeated until the operating parameters are set optimally for the application on the new system.”

Needless to say, it would seem that Sony is doing their best to ensure backwards compatibility works well on the PS5. Then again, only time will tell if they succeed in their ventures. Keep it tuned to Don’t Feed the Gamers as this story develops, and for other gaming goodness going on right now, check out the following:

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