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PS1, PS2, PS3 Backwards Compatibility Hinted With PlayStation Patent

Backwards compatibility won't be a distant dream anymore!

January 13, 2022

PlayStation fans would be quite delighted to know that Sony has finally figured out a way to implement backward compatibility.

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While the PlayStation 5 had some interesting features and make some massive technological advancements, one of the features that were missing was backward compatibility. However, it seems like it will no longer be a distant dream for fans.

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PS1, PS2, PS3 Backwards Compatibility Hinted With PS5 Patent

The latest patent was spotted by Twitter user Shaun, who states that Sony might have managed to nail backward compatibility for its consoles. The patent which is titled “Backward Compatibility Through Use Of Spoof Clock And Fine Grain Frequency Control” enables running an application that is designed for a different standard frequency clock.

We know that might not make sense to a lot of people out there, so we will explain it in simpler terms. Basically, games that are designed for other systems which are much weaker (in this case, the PS1, PS2, PS3) can not run directly on the current-gen consoles. This patent aims to fix that by devising a way for the application to run on the new console.

It should be noted that this is not a hardware solution, but rather a software one. We already know for a fact that a subscription service is in the works at Sony which is codenamed Project Spartacus. We have been hearing about it for a while now, and it will reportedly be integrating PlayStation Now and PlayStation Plus. That’s not all, players will also be getting a library of classic titles to play, along with a few modern ones.

This wasn’t surprising, to say the least, considering that Microsoft has pretty much revolutionized the ecosystem with its Xbox Game Pass. It was just about time we got a response from Sony as well, and it remains to be seen when all of this becomes official.

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