With rumors of a PS Plus/PS Now overhaul reaching some boiling point, Play Station Fans with fine-toothed combs have been traversing everything the company has been doing lately, resulting in the discovery of an updated patent filed by the company. The patent is for backward compatibility features that would allow current PlayStation consoles to be able to play titles from older generations.

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First spotted by Sean McIlroy on Twitter, the patent was refined by PlayStation architect Mark Cerny on January 6, 2022. However it looks like this may be a key piece of evidence to support the rumored “Project Spartacus”, which is reported to include backward compatibility. While options not previously seen on the PS4 and PS5, it’s important to note that the patent has been around for quite some time.


Initially filed in 2015, the patent for backward compatible options tied to the PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro was issued in late 2017, around the time the patent was first refined. Then it was revamped on January 10th, 2020 and now it has once again occurred to major fans to believe, finally, that Sony is doing something about its console’s lack of solid backward compatibility options.

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It’s still unclear what the plans are for the patent as fans have gotten their hopes up with each subsequent refinement; However, several signs are pointing to Sony’s rumored online service improvement. That said, there are several pointers this week pointing to the filing of a patent that is routinely a simple matter, given the fact that it has been continually refined every two years or so filed initially. Was.

When looking at the various patent claims, they paint a perfect picture of what fans want from the PS4 and PS5 backward compatibility, but it’s been doing this since the early days of the PS4, so there’s a big possibility that refilling. The patent doesn’t indicate anything about the future of the console. For the time being, all fans can continue to hope is that this is the time the patent sticks and actually debuts on the PlayStation console, but other than the timing of its coincidence, there isn’t much to suggest. This time, it will be used. After all, Sony, as with all gaming hardware companies, files for patents all the time for hardware that doesn’t see the light of day for many years.

Source: USPTO

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