Sony Could Be Planning Backward Compatibility for PS5

Doris Richards
October 9, 2018

According to the patent, PS5 backward compatibility could apply to the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, and even original the PlayStation games on the next generation console, which would be great news for players who have saved all of their games for the systems.

The second a new console is released a company immediately starts research and development on its successes. This statement once again didn't confirm the nature of new Xbox hardware, but has lead many to assume an Xbox Two is on the way.

"At this point, what I can say is it's necessary to have a [sic] next-generation hardware", Yoshida stated.

His comments come after Microsoft announced Project xCloud, a cloud-gaming platform that it hopes to open for public trials sometime in 2019. It's clear that Sony isn't blind to this emerging market, pushing heavily on its PlayStation Now subscription to allow users to stream a library of games.

This also supports a couple other rumours the Financial Times were able to get their hands on, with sources telling them that the PS5 "might not represent a major departure from the PS4, and that the fundamental architecture would be similar". It certainly sounds like a plan being put into place to make older games playable on newer devices, but it might not necessarily be the news PlayStation fans want to hear. Although exactly how that would influence the hardware is unclear. Some believe it's an indication backward compatibility is returning to the brand, courtesy of the PlayStation 5.

Rumours have varied wildly over the last few years but it now seems inevitable that the console will be out by at least Christmas 2020 and possibly 2019 - with a reveal potentially as early as next spring, if Sony follows previous patterns.

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