Playstation 5 Backwards Compatibility looking more likely

Platforms: Sony PlayStation 5

Back in March 2018 Sony had a patent registered focusing on methods of recognising legacy titles - a sure sign that the company are looking at bringing Xbox-style support for old games back to their platform. While it's now a little late in the day for the Playstation 4, with the next generation console around the corner there's a strong chance that Playstation 5 could launch with said support.

Now a further patent has been registered in Japan and again lead Playstation architect Mark Cerny is mentioned as the inventor of a method of supporting "legacy applications". The new patent was registered in 2019 and was highlighted by hokanko-alt.

The Playstation 5 is widely expected to arrive in 2020 and dev kits are already in Sony-supported studios. We also recently heard that Sony have redeployed all people in internal studios to work on next generation projects, with their focus on first party releases on PS4 now coming to an end. We expect a formal confirmation that the Playstation 5 is set to be released this year - possibly at E3 in June.

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