PlayStation 5 Rumors are Really Heating Up
We’re still a few months away from E3—the largest video game trade show in the country—but that’s not stopping the rumor mill from pumping out all sorts of fresh speculation about what the next iteration of Sony’s flagship console. Chief among those rumors is one that would immediately make the PS5 one of the most content rich video game consoles ever, and that’s prior to the release of any game made specifically for the next-gen console itself.
According to a number of sources, a patent filed by Sony that was published on January 31 suggests that the company is looking to make its next console—or at least some future console—backwards compatible with content from every Sony console ever made, all the way back to the original PlayStation. Additionally, the patent cites the PlayStation Vita, which could breathe new life into a portable system that was never really given a chance to succeed.
Of course, the patent doesn’t make any reference to specific hardware that this kind of technology would be baked into, but given the cries of PlayStation fans for the company to bring backwards compatibility back to its consoles—something that doesn’t exist in the PS4—one would have to imagine this would be designed for the company’s next console. What’s beyond impressive about this kind of technology, though, is just how far back the patent suggests it could go. This would bring four previous generations of console content all under one roof. Granted, the Xbox One is backwards compatible to the original Microsoft-made console, Sony’s technology would have to span several generations of readable disc formats. Additionally, it would give users access to thousands of titles compared to the several hundred the Xbox One can support.
Beyond the backwards compatibility note, it’s been reported that the console will likely drop in the second half of 2020, in time for the holiday shopping season that year. In fact, it’s believed that Sony is already working on PlayStation 5 games in-house. Further, no major changes are expected to the Dual Shock controller, which, in my opinion, is still one of the most comfortable and easy-to-use video game controllers ever created.