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Next PlayStation Might Include Backward Compatibility


With the recent discovery of Microsoft’s Xbox Scarlett, many are curious in what will come from competitor Sony for the next PlayStation. Not only on top of streaming capabilities for the assumed PlayStation 5, but if more features that aren’t present on the current PlayStation 4.

Technology outlet Gearnuke discovered a patent titled “Remastering by emulation” filed by Sony Interactive Entertainment America LLC. Which was already placed prior to the finding, but recent was updated with new information. Reading from USPTO, the upcoming console could feature backwards compatibility for previous consoles like PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 2.

In the summary for the patent, it mentions that these remasters will be presented at a higher pixel count compared to the original software it plays on. Giving implications that this will not only play previous generation titles, but will play at a more expected resolution when emulating the game. You can read the full summary below:

“Each asset such as a texture called for by legacy software such as a legacy computer game software has a unique identifier associated with it. The unique identifier can be rendered by imposing a hash on the asset, and then the asset stored with its identifier in a data structure. An artist remasters the textures for presentation on a higher resolution display than envisioned in the original software, and stores them back in the data structure with their identifiers. The original software is then played on the higher resolution display, with asset (such as texture) calls being intercepted, identified, and the data structure entered to retrieve the remastered asset having a matching identifier. The remastered asset is then inserted on the fly into the game presentation.”

For what might come out of this is truly what fans have been asking for since the PlayStation’s debut back in 2013. As Microsoft has shown support for the feature with Xbox 360 and most recently with original Xbox titles, it’s smart that Sony would finally be doing the same for their platform.

As some games are reworked for the PlayStation 4, fans who would like the game will have to repurchase the title rather than loading the digital purchase or even using the physical disc to play. Determining when we will see the upcoming console is unaware, though talks are already out there for next generation titles, we could expect the next flagship consoles within three years.

Source: Gearnuke

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