Sony has equipped the PlayStation 5 with some level of backward compatibility. To the extent that you can play many PlayStation 4 titles on the latest console. This still falls short of what its biggest competitor Xbox is providing though. Microsoft's Xbox series X and series S let players play any game from any of the previous versions. It now seems like Sony is planning to fill this gap.
A new patent filed by Mark Cerny, Lead System Architect for PS4 and PS5, describes a way to bring backward compatibility to PlayStation 5 in a whole new way. Filed earlier this month with The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the patent mentions the use of spoof clock and fine grain frequency control for running older PlayStation games on the PS5.
The patent was shared recently on Twitter by user Shaun Mcilroy. It seems to be the first step by Sony to make the PS5 more versatile and suited to games from the older generation consoles. Right now, such an ability is offered by Sony in the form of its PlayStation now subscription service, though it is limited to a few regions only.
Note that most of the original PS2 and PS3 titles, or at least those which were a hit, have been remastered for the PlayStation 4 and 5. Shadow of the Colossus, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane, Resident Evil 2, Ratchet & Clank are just some of the examples. However, there are many that remain. Some of the famous ones among gamers include 24: The Game, Ape Escape 3, Bujingai: The Forsaken City, Castlevania: Lament of Innocence, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi, and the list continues.
Personally, I can't wait to play all these games that I once used to enjoy on the PS2. I'm also sure that there are many others who are waiting for Sony to quickly bring the functionality to PS4 and PS5.
Backward compatibility will also help bring the PlayStation series on par with the Xbox ecosystem, in terms of game support. In the PlayStation vs Xbox war, the latter has been tipping the scales lately, especially with the Xbox Game Pass. Sony's PlayStation Plus subscription lets users play many games for free, but not all. With the Xbox game pass, users have access to all games on the Xbox network till the time the subscription is valid. Sony has also been hinted at working in this direction. You can read all about it here.
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