PlayStation 5 could be backwards compatible with games from old Sony consoles

PlayStation 5 could be backwards compatible with games from old Sony consoles

The new PlayStation 5 could be backwards compatible with games from old Sony consoles, it has been revealed.

While the highly anticipated console won't be hitting the market until the 2020 holidays, Sony has been revealing tantalizing details in the build-up to its release, and because it is still in production, many fans have been making their desire for backward compatibility known.

Now, HipHopGamer has alleged that Sony is creating a "Remastering Engine", which would enable users of the PS5 to play games from every previous console, including the PS1.

This news comes after Sony's main rival, Mircosoft, announced that such a feature will be available on its devices. This announcement was made alongside the debut of its new console, which will have backward compatibility with the Xbox one.

If reports are true, PlayStation's backward compatibility feature will work in a similar way, meaning that the PlayStation 5 would have the ability to run older titles with 4K support.

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According to reports, the patent is designed by PlayStation 4's lead architect Mark Cerny. It will involve the use of software which will trick the games into thinking that they are being processed by the appropriate console.

This is not, however, the first time that the PlayStation 5 and the subject of compatibility has hit the headlines. In October of last year, Sony confirmed that it would be compatible with PS4 games, but obviously, a greater extension would be even more welcomed by fans.

Needless to say, the PlayStation 4 is not backward compatible - something which disappointed many fans upon its release. However, if these reports are true, the PlayStation 5 could make all of their wildest dreams come true.

According to PlayStation CEO and president Jim Ryan, the company's main aim is to "take that community and transition it from PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5, and at a scale and pace that we've never delivered on before."