After a significant dip in sales for the PlayStation 4 had analysts strongly believing that the PlayStation 5 will be released next year, Sony has recently filed a patent (via Gear Nuke) that firmly hints at their inevitable next console being backwards compatible. If true, then this would be amazing news as it would allow gamers to continue playing the PlayStation 4’s incredible line-up of exclusives including Persona 5, Marvel’s Spider-Man, God Of War, and – if we’re lucky and it releases this year – The Last Of Us Part 2.
The patent is credited to Sony’s Mark Cerny, and it describes the “simulation of legacy bus operation for backward compatibility”. In plain English, this will – in theory – allow for “enhanced simulation” so older software/games are able to run better on new hardware with no efforted needed by the developers.
So, it seems pretty obvious that Sony are going all in on backwards compatibility. With them planning to release fewer but bigger exclusives, as well as focus more on multiplayer, this is a wise move as it will allow gamers to continue enjoying the PlayStation 4’s incredible library. It would be amazing if PlayStation 3 games could work on Sony’s next-gen console as well, but you probably shouldn’t hold your breath.
In other gaming news, Square Enix are planning to release a MAJOR game before the end of 2019, someone has finally created the perfect mod for Resident Evil 2, and Atlus has asked fans if they want remakes and switch ports for Persona.
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