Sony patent hints at retrograde capabilities coming to PlayStation 4 and 5

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The recoil ability has always been a feature that almost every fan hopes will be available in each new generation of consoles. Who wouldn't want to play their old PlayStation 1 or PlayStation 2 games on their brand new PlayStation 5? Sony has, for the most part, ignored the retroactive capabilities of older games like the PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 2, to the detriment of fans.

Fortunately, according to this patent recently filed by Sony, PlayStation fans may finally be able to play their old PS3, PS2 and PS1 games on more modern consoles. The patent was originally filed on January 6 and is full of captivating words and hard-to-understand terminology. Basically, the patent states that backward compatibility will be able to work "through [the] use of a spoofed clock and fine-grained frequency control", which will determine "whether an application loaded on a current version of a system is intended for the current version of the system or a less powerful version of the system”.



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Simply put, the patent is for a new implementation for the PS4 and PS5 that will allow those consoles to play older games. Older games run at a much slower frame rate than the 60 FPS found on PS5 games, so the implementation will use "spoof clock" and "frequency control" to allow the PS5 and the PS4 to emulate older PlayStation games with lower frame rates.

It should be noted that big companies like Sony often patent things all the time. Some patents eventually come true, others don't. Hopefully this patent is a sign that backwards compatibility will be coming to modern PlayStation consoles, but until something more official is declared, we can only wait and see.



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