Fresh and potentially seismic news has surfaced surrounding the release of the PlayStation 5.
An uncovered patent infers that titles from the first three incarnations of the PlayStation are set to emulate classic games via the cloud.
Sony supporters are now left with renewed optimism that the new console will be backwards compatible.
Twitter user @Renka_schedule noted the patent which was buried deep into code.
It states that Sony is gearing towards cloud-based emulation. The tweet, translated from Japanese, explains that "a large number of game titles across PS1/PS2/PS3 and various generations of 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."
Currently, the PlayStation Now service enables players to stream PS4 and PS3 titles, as well as a select few PS2 games. The new Sony patent will allow gamers to emulate titles entirely through the cloud, rather than via Sony’s datacentre.
The PS Plus service, which has somewhat a range of titles, has thoroughly been lacking in an extensive library of old classics, which many have been holding out hope for since the release of the PS4.
The ins and outs of the patent remain unclear, as to whether it is a mere evolution of the PlayStation Now service, or whether it is something different.
Furthermore, and perhaps to temper your excitement somewhat, patents are often utilised in more of an exploratory measure. This means that this cloud-based emulation service might not be available on PS5 upon release, or even at all through its cycle.
Confirmed by Sony currently is that PS4 games will be available for the new console, but they have typically remained hushed on other matters.
And whilst it is unlikely that we’ll be able to sample such titles as 'FIFA Road to World Cup ’98' or 'NHL ’97' via the disc into our new PS5, a cloud-based route is a possibility.
This isn’t the only time when Sony fans have been excited by the prospect of very real full backwards compatibility.
In 2018, Sony looked to be on course for “Remastering by emulation”, which would increase the visual quality on old games, so they’d look perfect on current consoles.
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