Sony may have a trick up its sleeve when it comes to backwards compatibility on the PS5. We know the upcoming next-gen console will feature PS4 game support but step back another console generation and you are out of luck. Sony abandoned the entire PS3 library at the launch of the PS4 in a rather controversial move. However, the company recently filed a patent which could mean things may change.
According to the patent, it looks like PS1, PS2 and PS3 games could be emulated onto a separate screen via cloud gaming. The patent reads;
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”#61F500″ class=”” size=”21″]“A large number of game titles across PS1/PS2/PS3 and various generations of game consoles can be stored and used via the cloud gaming library.”
“These games can be run on a virtual machine that mimics the operating system associated with each game console.”[/perfectpullquote]
In short, Sony could implement a greater number of backwards compatible titles through PlayStation Now. It makes sense for the company to allow PS1, PS2 and PS3 games to be playable on newer hardware. However, the most ideal situation would allow users to download these games and emulate them locally. Streaming is always a problem and PlayStation Now, in general, is not available in SA. This would mean a lot of PS5 owners would miss out on the opportunity to play these games.
It is important to keep in mind that most of these patents never make it into reality. However, often they do too. This could mean Sony may announce a full array of PlayStation games coming to the service which spans console generations. It would be a bold move, even though it’s restricted to the streaming service.