The PS5 could emulate the PS1, PS2 and PS3 games via the cloud

by Jerry

A Sony patent, which has just surfaced, suggests that the PS1, PS2 and PS3 games can be emulated by the cloud. It is difficult to know whether this technology will affect the Playstation 5 or whether the manufacturer intends to operate the Playstation Now, its cloud gaming service already in operation.

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Players are now awaiting the opening of pre-orders for the Playstation 5, which is scheduled to be scheduled for July 13, 2020. If this date is not yet 100% sure, it is almost certain that Sony will present new PS5 exclusives at a new State of Play at the end of July, probably in the wake of the Microsoft event.

Indeed, Microsoft will unveil during this conference many exclusive titles of the Xbox Series X, starting with the highly anticipated Halo Infinite. The console's flagship licenses, such as Fable and Forza, are also expected to be part of the mix. While waiting for these two presentations, corridor noises, rumors, and patent filings about the two next-gen consoles continue to flood the web.

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The cloud, the solution for retrocompatibility?

And just on this Thursday, July 9th, our colleagues from the site IGN tell us about a patent from Sony that has just surfaced. The paper suggests that ps1, PS2 and PS3 games can be emulated via the cloud. "Thesegames can be launched via a virtual console that will mimic the operating system associated with each game," the patent states.

The diagrams show many sketches of the three Playstation consoles emulated on three separate screens. Of course, the patent does not specify whether this feature will be directly related to Playstation Now,Sony's cloud gaming service. However, this remains the most likely hypothesis. In any case, this emulator from the cloud would allow Sony to avoid the integration of a complex technology of retrocompatibility within the PS5 itself.

Indeed, if Sony has indeed confirmed the retrocompatibility of the PS4 games, the manufacturer has on the other hand abandoned the idea of a retrocompatibility pushed up to the PS1, considered too expensive to set up. This patent might therefore be the solution to the problem.

Source: IGN

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