Sony files patent for cloud-based backwards compatibility on PS5

Sony has filed a patent for what looks to be a cloud-based service that could deliver backwards compatibility for PS1, PS2 and PS3 titles on the PS5.

“Another trend growing in this industry relates to the development of cloud-based gaming systems,” the patent’s (translated) description reads. “Such a system may include a remote processing server that is configured to execute a game application, receive input from a user and communicate with a local thin client configured to display an image on a display.”

The patent — filed on 2 July — contains drawings that show models of the PS1, PS2 and PS3 and is accompanied by a description that details “an accumulation of game titles across various generations of a gaming console in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention.”

The PS5 will support backwards compatibility for some, but not all, PS4 games. The top 100 PS4 games will be supported according to Sony, as will new PS4 games certified after July 2020.

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