PS5 backwards compatibility is looking a little more likely after a US patent was updated by Sony Interactive Entertainment America. Updated on February 13, it clearly states: “Backward compatibility testing of software in a mode that disrupts timing.”
This isn't confirmation that the PS5 will be able to play PS4 games, but it could be an indication that Sony is conducting some kind of backwards compatibility testing.
Will the PS5 Play PS4 Games?
It looks like the patent was originally filed in 2015, a couple of years after the launch of PS4, which currently doesn't allow players to play older games unless they're using the PlayStation Now streaming service.
We're not entirely convinced that Sony will be press forward with backwards compatibility on PS5. SIEE's Jim Ryan made it clear that the company had no plans to change its stance on the feature back in 2017.
Though he admits, it's a much-requested feature from fans, he believes that it's a feature that wouldn't actually be used that much. Speaking to Time magazine, Ryan said:
“When we've dabbled with backwards compatibility, I can say it is one of those features that is much requested, but not actually used much,” Ryan told Time. “That, and I was at a Gran Turismo event recently where they had PS1, PS2, PS3 and PS4 games, and the PS1 and the PS2 games, they looked ancient, like why would anybody play this?”
With the PS5 release date expected to be sometime in the next couple of years, there's rumors that Sony may be planning to reveal its next-generation console at E3 2018.
Until the big reveal, we'll just have to wait to see whether our shiny new PS5 can play PS4 games! In a recent PS5 survey, a company working on gathering market data for Sony, asked consumers what they’re hopes were for the specifications and overall look of the PS5.
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