PS5 Could Bring Backwards Compatibility with Current-Gen Titles


A new Sony patent has fueled hype among fans for backwards compatibility for the PlayStation 5 with existing titles.

The patent (found on J-PlatPat) was filed in January 20, 2017 and published last week by Sony Interactive Entertainment, the company within Sony's empire that sells PlayStation. Its inventors are listed as PS4 lead architect Mark Cerny, principal programer at Sony Entertainment Europe Simon Pilgrim, among other names from the company.

The patent details how games or software can be run from legacy devices on a new generation device. The process involves the new CPU mimicking the older one so as to trick the software into believing it can run on the new architecture without any hitch. Diagrams included with the filing show the system spoofing processor IDs to help run the same software as older devices.

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