Sony has filed a new patent titled “Backward Compatibility Through Use of Spoof Clock and Fine Grain Frequency.” In other words, all those hopes and dreams of having PS1, PS2 and PS3 games being made backwards compatible for PS4 and PS5 could, with a little luck, be made a reality.
So, what are the chances of this happening? Well, considering it’s something PlayStation fans have wanted ever since the first generation of PS3 consoles phased out its PS1 and PS2 backwards compatibility — I’d say it’s incredibly likely. Plus, with the Xbox Series X already boasting Xbox original and Xbox 360 backwards compatibility, it seems like Sony’s best bet to stay in the race against Microsoft.
Hang on. Before you go dusting off that old box of PlayStation games…
Not to dampen the mood or anything, but Sony does unfortunately have a knack for filing patents for the archive. And unfortunately, many of them have often struggled to get past the first hurdle and onto the shelves. However, Mark Cerny, Sony’s hardware guru, has been known to follow up with his ideas over the years, and then some. I suppose, in reality, our hopes rest with him in this case.
Although Sony has yet to confirm any of this, the patent title does sort of speak for itself. What happens from here is anybody’s guess. Personally, I’d give a left leg to play Pitfall: The Lost Expedition on PS5. And, of course, I am but one gamer in need of a PS2 fix. How’s the rest of the world sitting?
So, what about you? What do you make of the latest patent? Say it comes together, what PS1, PS2 or PS3 game would you boot up first? Let us know over on our socials here or down in the comments below.