Ever since the announcement of PlayStation 5, one common question among gamers is whether it’ll come with support for previous iterations of the device.
A recent Sony patent might have finally answered the question as it suggests the device will support classic PlayStation, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 games via cloud.
A twitter user discovered the patent which Sony describes as tech capable of storing a large number of PS1/PS2/PS3 games in a cloud gaming library.
It goes on to explain that these games can mimic a virtual console that mimics the operating system associated with each of the aforementioned devices.
SIEのPS5？特許情報をメモします。— れんか (@Renka_schedule) July 4, 2020
Although the PlayStation Plus service on the PS4 allows gamers to run certain PS3 titles and a handful of PS2 games, this is an entirely new tech, which will allow them to run these games entirely via the cloud.
It’ll also bring classic PlayStation games to the PS5 which wasn’t possible in any previous Sony console.
However, do not get your hopes up too much as patents are vague and it can mean a number of things. Sony’s confirmed that PlaStation 5 will support PlayStation 4 games but it’s not confirmed anything beyond that.
We can only wait for more official information to come out but this patent surely gives us a glimmer of hope.
The PlayStation 5 releases this fall and it’s rumored to cost $499 for the standard edition.