Sony filed a patent on March 18 on getting trophies in emulated games, which has led to speculation about PS5 backward compatibility with PS3, PS2, and PlayStation games.
PS5 patent raises speculation about compatibility with PS3, PS2, and PSX
Sony has filed a patent that has caused gamers to speculate about the arrival of backward compatibility on PlayStation 5 with PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation games. The document, dated March 18, talks about a “method and system for obtaining trophies for emulated games.”
As reported by ComicBook, players have concluded in forums and social networks that the games that Sony could emulate in 2021 are those of the company’s previous consoles that have a very different internal architecture to PS5, that is, the systems before PlayStation 4.
“A computer-implemented method assigns one or more trophies to a user. A game is emulated in response to a request from a client device,” the patent abstract reads. “A trophy trigger is detected during game emulation by comparing a memory value of the emulated game to a predetermined value and assigning one or more trophies to the user based on the detected trophy trigger.”
Sony will reportedly close the PS Store for PS3, PS Vita, and PSP in the summer
The Japanese company has not commented through its official channels about this patent. This news comes the same week that The Gamer media reports that Sony will permanently close the PlayStation Store for PS Vita (on August 27), PS3, and PSP (on July 2). PlayStation will confirm this information in April.
Unlike PS4, PlayStation 5 was launched in the worldwide market and the rest of the world with backward compatibility with most of the games from the Japanese brand’s previous console. In certain cases, the performance in terms of frames per second improves (if they have framerate unlocked) and some titles have been updated for free (God of War, Ghost of Tsushima, Days Gone) to take advantage of the power of the machine without the need to make a version for PS5.