Sony's Backwards Compatibility Patent For PS5 Could Be For Remastering Previous Games Instead
Just a few days ago, a Sony patent titled “Remastering by emulation” was spotted. With it came the speculation that the upcoming PlayStation 5 could have the ability to play PS4, PS3, PS2, and PS1 game titles. However, it seems that that may not be the case at all.
According to vg247’s Sherif Saed, the patent was filed way back in November of 2016 and was only published last May. What made reports speculate that this could allow the PS5 to play PS4, PS3, PS2, and PS1 games were because of this summary quoted by gearnuke:
“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.”
However, Saed doesn’t agree and points out these two lines:
“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.”
Saed explains that it isn’t a backward compatibility and is instead a remastering feature. Take for example what PS4 does today for the PS1 and PS2 “remasters”. The PS2 classics like Destroy All Humans and Jak & Daxter Collection which can be played on the PS4 look better compared to their original releases.
Even some readers at gearnuke’s report believe this as well. A reader who goes by the username “Rex Power Colt” commented that the patent is not for backward compatibility and is instead patenting a specific method of remastering legacy titles.
When Will The PS5 Be Released?
In regards to the release date of the PS5, reports are suggesting that it could arrive by 2020-21. However, last month, a Japanese analytical firm called Ace Industries believe that the console “will be introduced at the end of 2019”.
However, what’s interesting is that the word used was “introduced”. With this, it’s hard to tell whether the firm meant “unveil” or “release”. If the firm meant “unveil”, how many days/weeks will it take before Sony releases the device?
But of course, this is assuming that this piece of information is accurate in the first place. If it isn’t, then pondering over it seems meaningless.
What do you think the Sony patent is for? Is it really for PS5 backward compatibility? Tell us in the comment section below.