PS5 Backwards Compatibility Hinted In New Sony Patent

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With this generation of gaming starting to wind down, players are beginning to look forward to what the future might hold for future consoles such as Sony’s PS5. Despite little official confirmation, the approaching ninth generation of home systems is already showing promise with the advent of emerging technology, informed speculation, and even new contenders to shake up the existing status quo.

The all-but-confirmed PlayStation 5 has been on the receiving end of quite a few supposed rumors, a few of which have premised the much-requested feature of backward compatibility. A newly-filed Japanese patent (via Gearnuke) would seem to back up these speculated plans, a translation of the listing specifically noting a “simulation of legacy bus operation for backward compatibility.”

“Backward compatibility” being a very telling inclusion, it would seem to indicate Sony’s plans to implement support emulation for previous systems. Lending credence to this idea, the patent also includes specific reference to Mark Cerny, listing the developer and technologist as one of its inventors. As one may remember, Cerny notably served as lead architect for the PlayStation 4 and Vita, this new patent suggesting he may now be back to helm the PlayStation 5.

Though this is still all speculation at the end of the day. Sony could very well opt not to go forward with this patent, but there’s no way to be sure until an official announcement is made. According to recent speculation, it may be a bit of a wait before that eventually happens.

What do you think? Are you confident in the idea of PS5 backwards compatibility, or will Xbox continue to dunk on Sony in this regard? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow Don’t Feed the Gamers on Twitter and Facebook to be informed of the latest gaming and entertainment news 24 hours a day! For more headlines recently featured on DFTG, check out these next few news stories:

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Phone-browsing Wikipedia in one hand and clutching his trusty controller in the other, the legendary Eric Hall spreads his wealth of knowledge as a writer for Don't Feed the Gamers. Be sure to catch his biweekly "Throwback Thursday" segment for a nostalgic look at trivia from the past.


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