A new PS5 patent indicating backwards compatibility has been filed by lead systems architect Mark Cerny.
originally viewed @shaunmcilroy A new patent named ‘Backward compatibility through use of spoof clock and fine grain frequency control’ has been filed on Twitter. USPTO, Considering the PS5 is already capable of supporting PS4 games, this patent may be intended to allow players to access the likes of PS1, PS2, or PS3 games on current-gen consoles.
New @cerny patent fixed @ looks like he nailed the BC for the old #PlayStation console pic.twitter.com/7n8zyzjcic12 January 2022
The patent overview itself explains how this fix works. To save you a whole lot of technical talk, it essentially explains how “an application designed for the current version of the system” runs at that system’s standard clock frequency, so PS5 games run on the PS5’s frequencies. Whereas PS3 games play on PS3. clock frequency. Sony intends to introduce a “spoof clock,” which will “return a number that matches the frequency of a less powerful console,” tricking the PS5 into accepting older games.
There is no way to know how long it will take for this patent to reach players or whether it will even be used. So, unfortunately, for now, PlayStation fans will have to stick with owning all five generations of the console in order to play their favorite games.
Cerny’s new patent is in line with other recent claims that Sony may be working on some kind of Xbox Game Pass competitor. In the last 24 hours there has been news that Retailers start pulling PS Now cards from stores, in an effort to eliminate all of them by January 21, 2022. This would also coincide with the claims that a The PlayStation Game Pass rival is reportedly set to launch this spring.
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