Sony patent points towards backwards compatibility on PlayStation 5

Sony planning Backward Compatibility for PS5 [Rumor]

Sony Could Be Planning Backward Compatibility for PS5

Sony's PlayStation 4 has been around for five years now, which means it's starting to get a little long in the tooth. Yoshido stopped short of referencing a PS5 specifically, but in an interview with the Financial Times, he did acknowledge that "it's necessary to have next-generation hardware" product at this point in the game.

Sony is has finally announced they're working on its next generation console. That's not as surprising, as the PS4 has dominated this console generation, repeatedly topping the Xbox One in USA and worldwide sales, month after month. Neither outright replaced the base console - instead, they offered better graphics and performance for the same games. As expected, Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo have all been rumored to be working on new gaming systems.

A couple weeks ago, Sony (snejf) said it was experimenting with letting people play the hit game Fortnite across the PS4, Android, iOS, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Windows and Mac machines.

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It's the traditional format for the video game business: Produce a new, more powerful game console every 5 to 10 years that's distinct from previous hardware generations.

The PlayStation 4 has achieved frankly ridiculous success and is threatening to become one of the best-selling consoles of all time, and a consistent line up of stellar exclusive has only helped fuel that success. It also costs $100 more.

It's most likely that the former is true, however, sources apparently "in the know" told Financial Times that the next PlayStation might "represent a major departure from the PS4, and that the fundamental architecture was similar". But will there be a PlayStation 5? That puts Sony's next console on track for launch somewhere in the vicinity of 2021.

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