New Leaked PlayStation Patent Suggests PS1, PS2, And PS3 Cloud Backwards Compatability

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Sony Playstation 5
Sony Playstation 5

A newly leaked Sony PlayStation patent has suggested that PS1, PS2, and PS3 video games may be emulated via the cloud.

According to IGN, the leaked patent was shared on Twitter by user Renka_Schedule. When translated reads: “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.”

An image accompanying the tweet shows the various PlayStation consoles being emulated on different screens. Unfortunately, no other information was shared including how the emulation works although many believe it’ll be done by Sony’s PlayStation Now cloud streaming service.

According to Sony, the PS5 will reportedly be able to play a large selection of PS4 games at launch, some of which will offer players free upgrades to PS5 versions with improved visuals and performance.

Later on, in a follow-up tweet, Renka shared information from a second patent which claims that players will be able to record and create demos or mini-games from their gameplay and share it over the internet. It’s thought that, if true, players will use the DualSense’s ‘Create’ button to do this.

However, the patents haven’t been confirmed by Sony so it’s important to only consider them as rumours at this point. With a new State Of Play showcase rumoured for August, it’s possible that the tech giant may announce details of the console’s tech then.

Official PS5 Cover Art

In addition to the leaked patent, Sony PlayStation unveiled the cover art for PS5 games in a post on the official PlayStation blog showcasing the box art for Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales.

The new box art shown in the blog has dropped the familiar blue label in favour of a white label to match the new console. What’s more, it’s dropped the ‘Only On PlayStation’ tagline on the label and has instead added the PlayStation Studios logo. Despite the colour change, the game box remains blue.

Sid Shuman, the Senior Director of Content Communications at Sony Interactive Entertainment, commented: “A quick update for our fans – here’s your first look at the box art for PS5 games you’ll be seeing on store shelves this holiday, starring Marvel superhero Miles Morales.”

Marvel Spider-Man Miles Morales for PS5
Marvel Spider-Man Miles Morales for PS5

On social media platforms, users voiced their disappointment with the new box art. Many criticised the box art of looking cheap while others claimed it would have looked better if the colour of the box was changed to white, see-through, or black.

Much like the official console design, fans seem to be divided by the new box art and some have even claimed they might purchase an Xbox Series X over the PS5 because of it. Regardless of what you like, you can expect Sony to release more information on the upcoming console and its launch games within the coming months so stay tuned!

Image Credit: Sony PlayStation / PlayStation YouTube

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Fabio Crispim

Fabio writes news and entertainment articles. Ranging from basic news to articles on film, television, gaming, and technology.

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  1. Well, that would be one heck of a great time if this backwards compatibility plays out. Glory days for me was with PS2, then life came in the way and got really busy. I hope to play with a PS5 real soon.

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