PS5: Sony Reportedly Targeting An Important Feature For Next Gen

Sony Reportedly Adding Hardware V-Sync Support To The PS5

Late last week, it was discovered that Sony Interactive Entertainment America LLC had registered for a patent earlier this year titled “Remastering by emulation,” which is highly suggestive of some form of backward compatibility for the PlayStation 5. Now, yet another patent registered to Sony has surfaced, this time pointing to what could be an impressive new hardware feature for the PS5.

The news comes by way of Gearnuke, which discovered a patent registered by Sony titled “Video Frame Rate Compensation Through Adjustment of Verticle Blanking,” which, upon closer inspection of the patent, is a remarkably fluffy way of referring to a hardware based V-Sync. For those unaware, V-Sync, most often found as a graphics option in PC video games, helps make games smoother by eliminating screen tearing. The setting essentially syncs up a game’s frames to the display’s refresh rate, making it so that the FPS doesn’t jump over the preferred setting.

Sony Reportedly Adding Hardware V-Sync Support To The PS5

Sony’s take on hardware V-Sync is coming by way of a technique called “verticle blanking,” with the tech filling in the ‘blanks’ if a game experiences frame rate fluctuations. The exact verbiage used to describe the technique is rather lengthy, though the short of it is that Sony appears to be planning on implementing a combination of hardware and software into the PS5 in order to help prevent screen tearing, while also smoothing out frame rate fluctuations. Here’s hoping that we’ll get some official news on the company’s next console sooner rather than later. With Sony having backed out of PSX 2018, the ‘when’ of the reveal is anyone’s guess.

Those looking to see the patent can do so right here.

So, thoughts on the newly revealed patent? Do you think this is related to the PS5, or is Sony just gobbling up patents at this point? Let us know in the comments section below, and as always, stay tuned to Don’t Feed the Gamers for all the latest gaming and entertainment news! Don’t forget to follow DFTG on Twitter for our 24/7 news feed!

Ryan "Cinna" Carrier2990 Posts

Ryan is the Lead Editor for Don't Feed the Gamers. When he isn't writing, Ryan is likely considering yet another playthrough of Final Fantasy IX. He's also the DFTG cinnamon bun.


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